Meek, 24, went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (67.0ip/32er) and 69 strikeouts in 44 relief appearances with
Double-A Montgomery in 2007. He also posted a 0.93 ERA (9.2ip/1er) in nine relief appearances for the
Scottsdale Scorpions in this year's Arizona Fall League.
Originally drafted by Minnesota in the 11th round
of the 2002 draft, the native of Bellevue, WA, has posted a career record of 16-12 in 114 appearances
(39 starts) during his minor league career.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates unconditionally released infielder Jose Castillo. The
club's roster is currently at 40 players.
The Pittsburgh Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Evan Meek off Tampa Bay's Triple-A roster
in the Major League Phase of the Rule Five Draft.
Right-hander posted a 2-1 record last season.