Pedro Ciriaco gets first major league hit
During Wednesday’s 9-3 loss to the Braves, Ciriaco got his first opportunity to show the Pirates he could be the shortstop of the future.
In the ninth inning, Ciriaco came in to pinch-hit for Chan Ho Park. In his first major league at-bat, Pedro hit a RBI double. Not only did he get his first hit but he also picked up his first career RBI.
Going into the 2011 season, Ciriaco’s is being considered for to play shortstop.
Ronny Cedeno –the Pirates current shortstop– has shown flashes of potential but has been very inconsistent this season. He will also be arbitration eligible for the third time and would be due for a raise. (He is currently making $1.125 M.)
“I don’t know if I’m going to play or not, but I’m going to be here and learn from the veteran guys here and work and have fun as much as I can,” Ciriaco said. “I was little and started playing, it was my dream to be in the big leagues. When I found out, it was amazing for me.”
Ciriaco was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal that sent Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and D.J Carrasco in return for Pedro as well as Catcher, Chris Synder.
Since being traded, he was batting .281 with Triple-A Indy.