Huntington lands his first blue-chip, first-rate prospect via trade


By John Perrotto One of the biggest knocks on Neal Huntington during his nearly two years as Pirates’ general manager is that he hasn’t been able to land any truly can’t-miss, blue-chip, big-time, first-rate prospects in trades. That changed Wednesday night when the Pirates acquired right-hander Tim Alderson from the San Francisco Giants in a trade for second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Alderson is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and there are no warts. He doesn’t have attitude problems, an injury history or slippage in performance. Baseball America ranked Alderson as the No. 4 prospect in a deep Giants’ farm system before the season began and No. 45 in all of baseball. No one would dispute those rankings as scouts and analysts universally love the 20-year-old as he has already risen to the Class AA level just two years after being the Giants’ first-round draft pick fromRead More »