The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded pitcher Adonis Medina to the New York Mets for cash considerations. He was designated for assignment yesterday to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Andrew Knapp. Medina was scheduled to start yesterday’s game in Indianapolis, but rain caused that game to be postponed, so he never got a chance to pitch a regular season game with the Pirates after being picked up off of waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies just 22 days ago.
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.