It isn’t often this time year you see a minor-league outfielder traded for a player to be named later. The Tigers have now done it twice. A couple days after dealing the recently-designated Wilkin Ramirez to the Braves, Detroit acquired Brandon Jones from the Pirates for a PTBNL.
The 26-year-old Jones, a former Braves prospect until this year, is heading to Double-A Erie after batting .248 with Eastern League foe Altoona. He hit one home run to go with seven RBIs in 109 at-bats. He hit .205 with Triple-A Indianapolis before that with three homers and 14 RBIs.
The move adds some depth to a system that was thinning out at the upper levels. The Ramirez trade took another outfielder out of Toledo, which already lost Clete Thomas for the year. Jeff Larish’s future is uncertain after being designated on Friday, Jeff Frazier is now in Detroit, and Ryan Strieby hasn’t played since the first couple innings Sunday.