Astros Claim Steve Pearce Off Waivers

The Astros have claimed first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce off of waivers from the Orioles, tweets Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.  Pearce was designated for assignment last Saturday by the O’s to create room for Omar Quintanilla on the 25-man roster.

The O’s traded for Pearce in early June and posted a .254/.321/.437 slash line in 83 plate appearances for them this year.  In parts of six big league seasons, Pearce has hit .235/.304/.375 for the Orioles and Pirates.


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15 Comments on "Astros Claim Steve Pearce Off Waivers"


mstrchef
3 years 1 month ago

I had hoped to hold on to him, but hopefully he will get full time at bats in Houston. If he were 6’3″ instead of 5’9″, he would be an every day outfielder for someone. He loses points in the eyes of some baseball professionals because he just doesn’t *look* like a prototypical outfielder. He’s got average defensive skills in the OF and at 1B, good instincts, and hits lefties well. If Shelly Duncan keeps getting major league jobs, there is no reason why Pearce shouldn’t be.

BustaPozee
3 years 1 month ago

I think Astros understand the entire thing with “if he was ___ tall instead of 5___” Jose Altuve is prime exampl

3 years 1 month ago

Ha, no doubt…

Rabbitov
3 years 1 month ago

They will regret this one.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t think they’ll be too broken up about it.

Pearce hits lefties well, and that’s about it. There’s a reason he’s about to move to his fourth organization in eight months.

Rabbitov
3 years 1 month ago

Bc the O’s lack perspective. I liked him, so I am bitter. Actually a lot of my bitterness is about Chris Davis playing everyday left field.

not_brooks
3 years 1 month ago

Meh…

Chris Davis is playing left field because the O’s lack quality big league players. Steve Pearce is not a solution to that problem. Especially for the long term.

Of course, Omar Quintanilla isn’t a solution to that problem either. So there’s that…

Either way, I don’t see how it’s worth it to get worked up about losing a bench bat.

3 years 1 month ago

Really? Bitter about Davis playing left field? I didn’t think he was too bad. Although, I will give that Davis takes terrible routes and the fact he doesn’t put his plus arm to good use when out there. He isn’t Gordon or Cespedes that’s for sure. The O’s should have worked with him during the offseason as well as Reynolds footwork at first base. The O’s did neither and we are hurting because of it. I do think Davis has potential in the OF though.

richardb21
3 years 1 month ago

At least he’s hitting in the .230s. Makes him our 2nd best average in our outfield…

harrigang
3 years 1 month ago

He’s batting .254 this year. The .235 is his career batting average.

Blue387
3 years 1 month ago

The Mets should have held on to Omar and cut Ronny Cedeno instead.

Stephen J. Puopolo
3 years 1 month ago

This really annoys me. He might not be an everyday outfielder but he hustled.

3 years 1 month ago

For some reason, I’ve always liked Pearce and felt like he could be a reasonably productive player if given the chance. Maybe the Astros will offer him some fairly consistent playing time?

basemonkey
3 years 1 month ago

Believe it or not, but he’s a better player than his stat lines might indicate. I’m not sure if he’s an everyday player, but I’m not sure he isn’t either. The only reason why he hasn’t posted better numbers is because he’s never had long sustained periods in the lineup. Hes one of those players who has never enjoyed being given a lot of chances and a long leash, and often had other highly touted people in front of him. That said, his bat has some power in it.

Sam Talarigo
3 years 1 month ago

here comes the Astros..