To make room for Brendan Donnelly on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have traded Brian Bixler to the Indians for Jesus Brito. Besides allowing me to make a "Don't mess with the Jesus" joke, Brito is a 22-year old (his 22nd birthday, fittingly enough, was on Christmas) who just came to America last summer and hit well, though in the Arizona League (a GCL analogue) and NY-Penn League. He was way too old for rookie ball and he'll have to move quickly to not be too old at any other level.

Even though he posted poor batting averages in his three stints in the Dominican Summer League, he always posted a solid OBP because of the 120 walks he drew in 818 plate appearances. That continued last summer in his American debut, though he coupled it with a .353 batting average. John Sickels has him...

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