Pirates Claim Hefner, Jeroloman

The Pirates announced that they claimed right-hander Jeremy Hefner off of waivers from the Padres and claimed catcher Brian Jeroloman off of waivers from the Blue Jays. Pittsburgh has 36 players on its 40-man roster after outrighting Matt Pagnozzi to Triple-A.

Hefner, 25, started 28 games for the Padres' Triple-A affiliate in 2011, posting a 4.98 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 in 157 1/3 innings. He has a 3.84 ERA with 7.9 K/0 and 2.8 BB/9 in 688 2/3 career minor league innings over the course of five seasons.

Jeroloman joined the Blue Jays at the end of the 2011 season, but never entered a game. The 26-year-old, who has a career .378 OBP after six years in the minors, posted a .240/.335/.295 line at Triple-A Las Vegas this past season

20 Responses to Pirates Claim Hefner, Jeroloman Leave a Reply

  1. nebelski 4 years ago

    Pagnozzi was outrighted so that Jeroloman could be placed on the roster?  LOL

    • Jose_Bautista 4 years ago

      Jeroloman is slighty better?

    • johnsmith4 4 years ago

      Jeroloman has 2 years of optional assignments remaining…which makes him a good candidate to be backup to backup catcher and playing in AAA 

  2. Jays’ back-up catching situation isn’t looking so great for next year at the moment.

    • Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

      Opportunity for D’Arnaud?

      • Jose_Bautista 4 years ago

        Too early, maybe Sept call up but no chance he makes the team!!

    • vilifyingforce 4 years ago

      Jeroloman leaving the organization has no bearing on who will be back up catcher next season any ways. Unless you’re talking about AAA. Then yeah, Jays gotta find somebody to back up D’Arnaud.

  3. Jose_Bautista 4 years ago

    Jeroloman  is a defense only catcher suited for backup duty.

    Bet there are better options out there!

    Kelly Shopach is someone I think Jays should go after for backup job.

    • Sniderlover 4 years ago

      Defense only catcher that threw out 15% of the runners last year. Yikes. 

  4. vtadave 4 years ago

    Hefner? Guess the Pirates won’t be lacking for porn in the clubhouse if he makes the squad.

  5. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    Step 1) Bang head against wall.                
    Step 2) Repeat              
    Step 3) See Step 1 

    • TaillonColeandBellOhMy 4 years ago

      Lol I 100%agree. Why and the hell would they put these guys on the 0 man

  6. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    I understand that Neil is attempting to go the infinitesimally cheapest way out, but why not protect one of the 46 Rule V choices who qualify throughout their system or at least pick up the Luek Van Mil monstrosity?  I think Hefner might be a decent choice, but Jeroloman I question???  

  7. Jose_Bautista 4 years ago

    There are definitely several more options but I think Jays want a veteran back up catcher to assist JPA who only has one season under his belt.

    Chris Snyder?
    Matt Treanor?

  8. Jose_Bautista 4 years ago


    Read again, both were claimed by Pirates!

  9. nebelski 4 years ago

    ??? LOL

  10. Bombastic_Dave 4 years ago

    Future opportunity, then.  His AA numbers are pretty great.  

  11. vilifyingforce 4 years ago

    He probably gets a sniff in Sept if he’s doing (really) well.

  12. johnsmith4 4 years ago

    D’Arnaud placed on 40-man roster…makes him available as call-up.  Yan Gomes can also be placed on 40-man if needed as call-up.

  13. Sniderlover 4 years ago

    He threw out 15% of the runners last year in Vegas and he couldn’t hit. Not to mention he wasn’t going to get any playing time in Vegas as D’Arnaud and Gomes will be promoted to Vegas. 

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