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Pirates Release the Maggi Brothers

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have released both Drew and Beau Maggi. Drew was the 15th round draft in 2010, who signed for a $468,000 bonus. His younger brother Beau was signed as catching depth early last month.

The move to release Drew Maggi is an interesting one based on how well he performed last year and the bonus the Pirates paid to sign him as a draft-eligible sophomore out of Arizona State. Last year for Altoona, Drew played 110 games for Altoona and put up a .382 OBP, along with 37 stolen bases. He showed strong plate patience and contact skills, posting a 50:58 BB/SO ratio. He also played all four infield positions and both corner outfield spots.

Beau was a 24th round pick of the Royals and played just 70 games over three seasons. He looked like he would be catching depth at any level from AA down, basically wherever they needed him.

We pointed out earlier in the off-season that there was at least 150 players for the 100 roster spots from Indianapolis down to West Virginia(Power). There was bound to be some players released and while Drew Maggi seems like a tough player to let go, there are a lot of AAA-type position players in the organization, so he would have likely returned to Altoona as a super utility player if he stuck around. There are players like Andy Vasquez and Kelson Brown that could also fill that same role. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him latch on to another team soon.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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