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Pittsburgh Pirates Inside Pitch 2008-11-23

Pittsburgh Pirates Inside Pitch 2008-11-23
Outfielder Jose Tabata, the centerpiece of the four-player package the Pirates received from the Yankees in the July trade for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte, was one of five prospects added to the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

The Pirates also added right-handed relievers Jeff Sues and Ronald Uviedo, catcher Steve Lerud and third baseman Neil Walker in order to prevent them from selected in the Rule 5 draft.

Tabata, 20, batted .348 with three home runs and 13 RBIs games with Class AA Altoona after the trade.

Sues, 25, was the Pirates' minor league pitcher of the year after going 1-1 with two saves and a 2.11 ERA in 13 games with high Class A Lynchburg and 3-1 with one save and a 3.77 ERA in 24 games with Altoona. Uviedo, 22, was 3-1 with five saves and a 3.01 ERA in 33 games with low Class A Hickory and 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven games with Lynchburg.

Lerud, 24, hit .256 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 67 games with Lynchburg and .233 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 47 games with Altoona. Walker, 23, was the Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2004. He hit .242 with 16 home runs and 80 RBIs in 133 games for Class AAA Indianapolis this year.

The additions give the Pirates a full 40-man roster.

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Added: November 23, 2008

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