McKenry, 26, was acquired by the Red Sox from the Rockies this spring and is currently hitting .280/.370/.430 in 28 games with AAA-Pawtucket. He was the Rockies’ 7th round pick in 2006 and has a career .811 OPS over 6 seasons in the Minors.
Based on his numbers, he seems to have decent pop in his bat, however his strength seems to be his defense. He has thrown out 36% of attempted base stealers in his career. Simply put, though, he will be an upgrade over Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas.
No word yet on what the Pirates have given up for McKenry, but I can not imagine it will be anything significant. Also, a corresponding move will have to be made here to create room for McKenry on both the 25-man and 40-man roster.
UPDATE – 11:53 PM:
It is now confirmed. The Pirates have, indeed, acquired McKenry. The Red Sox will receiver either a player to be named later or cash. Wyatt Toregas has been designated for assignment to make room for McKenry on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
Toregas’ stint with the club lasted all of 4 days. He played in 2 games and went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.