Pirates acquire Felipe Rivero and Taylor Hearn from Washington for Mark Melancon

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired left-handed pitcher Felipe Rivero and minor league lefthanded pitcher Taylor Hearn from the Washington Nationals in exchange for pitcher Mark Melancon. The announcement was made by Pirates Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 25-year-old Rivero went 0-3 with one save, a 4.53 ERA (49.2ip/25er) and 53 strikeouts in 47 relief appearances this season with the Nationals. He made his Major League debut with the Nationals in 2015 and posted a record of 2-1 with two saves, a 2.79 ERA (48.1ip/15er) and 43 strikeouts in 49 relief appearances. Rivero was originally signed by Tampa Bay as a non-drafted free agent before being acquired by Washington in a four-player trade on February 13, 2014.

He represented the Rays organization in 2012 at the All-Star Futures Game while also being named to the Midwest League mid-season All-Star team while playing for Bowling Green. The 21-year-old Hearn has gone a combined 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA (29.0ip/9er) and 39 strikeouts in 10 games (four starts) this season between the GCL Nationals and Single-A Hagerstown. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft by the Nationals.