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Pirates acquire two pitchers to complete Caminero trade

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The Pirates have announced the acquisition of two players to be named later, to complete their August 6 trade of reliever Arquimedes Caminero to Seattle.  The two players are right-handed pitcher Pedro Vasquez and left-hander Jake Brentz.  Both were playing with Clinton in the low A Midwest League and will presumably finish the season with West Virginia.

Brentz is the more noteworthy of the two, as he's edged onto a couple of Baseball America's top 30 prospect lists:  #25 with the Mariners a year ago and #28 with the Blue Jays in 2013 (the Jays sent him to Seattle for Mark Lowe in 2015).  Brentz looks like a lesser version of Taylor Hearn; he throws in the low-90s, reaching 96, with fringy secondary stuff.  He has a K/9 of 9.9 this year, but a BB/9 of 7.1, so he's obviously a project.  He was Toronto's 11th round draft pick in 2013 and will turn 22 in September.

The Mariners signed Vasquez out of the Dominican prior to the 2015 season.  He appears to have been 19 when he signed, which is older than the norm, but he's made it to full season ball in his second year.  So far in his career, everything has been low:  ERA (2.16), WHIP (0.91), BB/9 (1.1) and K/9 (6.8).  He hasn't drawn any prospect attention.  Vasquez throws 90-93 with a slider and change.

So that's a couple of guys who look at least mildly interesting for Caminero, instead of that Cash guy who seems to float around everywhere, which is what I was expecting.