ALTOONA, Pa. -- To the surprise of many, Neal Huntington traded the Pirates' top outfield prospect, Austin Meadows, to land Chris Archer at the non-waiver deadline.
It was an unprecedented move considering Huntington's reluctance to trade prospects, but he explained to reporters afterward that he was able to make the move because of the club's outfield depth in the minor leagues, including both players acquired in the offseason trades of Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen.
While Jason Martin has already been promoted to Triple-A, Bryan Reynolds, who was acquired from the Giants in exchange for McCutchen, has also emerged as an intriguing prospect in the club's system.
"The organization liked him enough to get him in a trade," Altoona manager Michael Ryan said of Reynolds. "He's shown how good of a player he really is."