Pittsburgh Pirates Place Former Rockies Top Prospect On Waivers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Ryan Vilade for assignment, following his failure to secure a spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

Vilade, a 24-year-old outfielder, was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies in November. While once ranked among the Rockies' top prospects, he struggled during his second stint at Triple-A, hitting just .249/.345/.352 with five homers and ten steals in 99 games.

Vilade had moved from shortstop to the outfield corners but failed to impress during spring training, going 3-for-18 without any extra-base hits and finishing with a .167/.211/.167 line in 19 plate appearances.

For his minor-league career, however, Vilade holds a solid .281/.357/.410 triple-slash line, with 35 home runs, 221 RBIs, 69 stolen bases, and 341 runs scored across 504 games played.

He's a former second-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2017 MLB Draft.

With his designation for assignment, Vilade now enters a period of uncertainty, as the Pirates have a week to trade, release, or outright him to the minors.

He could definitely draw some attention on waivers, however. Photo Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports