KANSAS CITY, MO (November 28, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Luis Santos and left-hander Luis Rico from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson. Santos and Rico have been assigned to the Surprise Royals.
The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts. In 62.2 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average. The 6-foot Santos is from Bonao, Dominican Republic, and was signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on April 8, 2011.
Rico, who will turn 19 tomorrow, is a 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Guanta, Venezuela. He went 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) in 2012 for the Dominican Pirates. Rico made his debut in 2011 with the Venezuelan Pirates after signing with Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on April 9, 2011.
Mazzaro, 26, and Robinson, 27, were designated for assignment by the Royals on November 20.