Pirates claim minor league outfielder off waivers from Detroit

24-year-old Troy Stokes Jr. missed last season due to hand surgery
Troy Stokes Jr.
Troy Stokes Jr. Photo credit © Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Pirates announced Tuesday afternoon they have claimed outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.

Stokes missed the shortened 2020 season after having surgery for a hand injury last July.

The 24-year-old right-hander was originally picked by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.

Stokes Jr. spent six years in the Brewers’ farm system before being claimed by the Tigers off of waivers in September 2019.

He has no major league experience but won the 2018 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove while playing at Double-A Biloxi.

Stokes Jr. was also named a mid-season All-Star in the Southern League finishing third in the league with 48 extra base hits and tied for fourth with 19 home runs in the Southern League.

To make room on the roster, left handed pitcher Nik Turley was designated for assignment.

The Pirates have not yet announced when Spring Training starts, but it is still scheduled for mid to late February.