BASEBALL: Pirates claim former Ball State infielder off of waivers from Yankees

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Dean Anna

The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed former Ball State baseball player Dean Anna off waivers Saturday.

A native of Gary, Ind., Anna had been designated for assignment by the New York Yankees on Thursday after making his MLB debut with the team April 4.

In 12 games with New York, Anna registered three hits in 22 at bats, a home run and three RBIs.

In addition to his early season stint with the Yankees, Anna also played in 36 games for the club’s Triple-A affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. There, he posted a .192 batting average in 152 plate appearances.

The Pirates have optioned Anna to its Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.

Anna was drafted in the 26th round of the 2008 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres.

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