Sometimes players flourish the second time around for an organization, but the same can not be said for outfielder Nate McLouth, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates today.
McLouth, who was originally drafted by the club in the 25th round in 2000, struggled this season to say the least, posting a horrible .140/.210/.175 slash line with zero home runs and a neagtive fWAR of -0.6. He had his best season in 2008, hitting 26 home runs, 46 doubles, with a .276/.356./.497 slash line.
The Pirates traded the ’08 All-Star to the Atlanta Braves in 2009 for prospects Jeff Locke, Charlie Morton and Gorkys Hernandez. While with the Braves, McLouth posted numbers worthy of a demotion, with a 2010 slash line of .190/.298/.322 and a -1.2 fWAR and 2011 line of .228/..344/.333 and a 0.2 fWAR. McLouth returned to the Pirates this off season, signing a one-year deal worth $1.75 million.
Taking his place on the roster is first baseman Matt Hague, who was hitting .278/.325/.333 at Triple-A Indianapolis with only one homer.