The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired right-handed pitcher Pat Light from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Light, who was designated for assignment by the Twins on February 6, was selected by Boston in the supplemental round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft (37th pick overall). He was ranked by Baseball America as Boston's fourth-best pitching prospect (11th overall) following the 2015 season.
The 25-year-old Light split the 2016 season between the Boston and Minnesota organizations. He posted a combined 2-1 record, nine saves, a 2.37 ERA (38.0ip/10er) and 42 strikeouts in 31 appearances at the Triple-A level between Pawtucket and Rochester in the International League.
Light also made his big league debut last season and struck out 16 batters in 16.2 innings of work in 17 relief appearances between Boston and Minnesota.
To make room for Light on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated right-handed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla for assignment.