Tabata, 26, batted .289 with four RBIs and a .631 OPS over 27 games. He drew considerable attention during a game against the Washington Nationals on June 20 when Nationals righthander Max Scherzer saw his perfect game attempt ended after 8 2/3 innings when he hit Tabata with a pitch. The pitch struck Tabata on his left elbow, and replays were inconclusive as to whether Tabata stuck out his elbow further into the strike zone.
Over six major-league seasons with the Pirates, Tabata has batted .275 with 17 home runs, 126 RBIs and a .713 OPS over 509 games.
- Mike Fiammetta