I don’t know if you guys have heard on not, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are doing pretty well for themselves these days. The Buckos in the past week won their National League Wild Card play-in game behind the arm of ex-Twin Francisco Liriano and are now currently tied 1-1 in their Division Series against NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals, but that’s, arguably, not their biggest dealing of the week.
On Saturday, the Pirates and the Minnesota Twins finalized their August 31 trade that sent former American League MVP Justin Morneau to the Pirates. Pittsburgh sent Alex Presley right away and also noted a player to be named later. That player turns out to be right-handed pitcher Duke Welker.
The #Pirates send RHP Duke Welker to the #Twins as the player to be named in the Justin Morneau trade on 8/31. - @Pirates
This is to nobody’s surprise since Welker was the name thrown out right away when the Morneau deal was announced.
Welker has only appeared in two games at the major league level, both of which were this past season. Welker pitched 1.1 innings, gave up no hits or walks and had one strikeout this year.
At Triple-A this year, Welker had a record of 3-4 with a 3.57 while appearing in 48 games, all out of the bullpen. The 6’ 7" righty also notched nine saves over the course of the year with the Indianapolis Indians.
Welker, who has only thrown 20 big league pitches, will turn 28 in the middle of spring training.