A few updates this afternoon…
-The Pirates have promoted D’Arnaud from West Virginia to Lynchburg. I assume he will be making his debut on Thursday. I will be in attendance for that game, providing Twitter updates.
I’m not sure where D’Arnaud will play. I can only assume that with the recent promotion of Pedro Alvarez, Matt Hague will move over to third base. Jordy Mercer is currently the Hillcats’ shortstop. Jose De Los Santos has been playing second base and batting leadoff, but is hitting .234 on the season.
I could see D’Arnaud playing third base, with Hague staying at first. I could also see D’Arnaud replacing De Los Santos at second, or playing shortstop and moving Mercer to second, as Mercer has struggled on defense this year. I guess I’ll find out Thursday. Maybe there will be a few more moves made by then.
-The Pirates have signed three more draft picks: Aaron Baker (11th round), Phillip Irwin (21st round), and Edward Fallon (43rd round). The Draft Pick Signing Tracker is updated. Here is some information on each player:
Aaron Baker: Baker is a 6’2″, 220 pound first baseman from Oklahoma. He hit for a .284/.417/.564 line this year for Oklahoma, with 15 homers in 225 at-bats, and a 50:40 K/BB ratio.
Phillip Irwin: Irwin was a starter for Ole Miss, along with fifth round pick Nathan Baker. Irwin had a 3.84 ERA last year with a 73:20 K/BB ratio in 86.2 IP. Just a thought: maybe this signing will help us sign Baker (although I don’t anticipate that to be a hard signing, so maybe this will speed up that process).
Edward Fallon: Fallon is mostly a minor league filler, pitching in a relief role for the University of South Carolina Upstate. His stats last year were a 9.26 ERA, and a 38:41 K/BB ratio in 34 IP.