Yankees receiving two Pirates prospects
The identities of the other players being discussed in the A.J. Burnett trade have been learned by MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo.
Moreno, 25, spent most of last year at Class A Bradenton and got as far as Double-A Altoona for seven games. He has a 2.41 ERA in 194 Minor League innings, and was 2-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 41 games at his combined two levels last year, finishing 21 games. At Double-A, Moreno had a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings, and he has lit radar guns up in the mid-to-high 90’s.
Back in July 2010 while with Altoona, Moreno was disciplined by the Pirates for unprofessional behavior and was sent back to Bradenton to serve out a suspension. Pirates GM Neal Huntington told MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch at the time that Moreno’s actions had been “untrustworthy.”
“We have a certain standard that we expect of our players,” Huntington said. “Certainly at the Double-A level, we need to be able to trust our players. We’ve addressed it and addressed it aggressively. Hopefully, he’ll learn from it and move beyond it.”
The Pirates didn’t protect Moreno in December’s Rule 5 Draft.
Cayones, 20, played in the Gulf Coast League and with Class A State College last year. A product of Venezuela, he throws left and bats left, but he struggled in the New York-Penn League (.063 batting average in 32 at-bats, spanning 11 games). He hit .293 in 27 GCL games last year.
As expected, since the Pirates are paying $13 million of Burnett’s contract, the Yankees aren’t getting back any Major League-ready talent. There are qualities to like about both players, it seems, but they’re far from sure bets.