Thursday, December 06, 2007

Meek drafted by Pirates; Rays grab Twins' Lahey

Former Biscuits pitcher Evan Meek was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in today's Rule 5 draft.

Meek must stay on Pittsburgh's 25-man active roster for all of the 2008 season or the Pirates must offer him back to Tampa Bay.

The Rays had the No. 1 pick in the Rule 5 and took right-handed pitcher Tim Lahey from the Minnesota Twins. The Pirates had the second pick and grabbed Meek.

The Pirates have to pay the Rays $50,000 for Meek. If Pittsburgh send Meek back to Tampa Bay, the Rays return $25,000.

Meek, a right-hander, was 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA and one save in 44 relief appearances for Montgomery this season and helped the Biscuits win a second straight Southern League championship. The 24-year-old caught attention in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-0 with an 0.93 ERA in nine games.

Lahey was 8-4 with a 3.45 ERA and 13 saves in 50 appearances for Class AA New Britain.

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