Notes: Brock Holt, Jack Taschner, Matt McSwain, Catchers

Some afternoon notes…

-First, a an update on the notes from over the weekend.  I mentioned that the Pirates were on the hook for the rest of Jack Taschner’s salary.  Since Taschner has less than five years of service time, he isn’t guaranteed the rest of his salary, which saves the Pirates a little less than $500 K.

-Brock Holt does not have a torn MCL and will not require surgery. That might even mean he could return this year.  That’s great news for a promising middle infield prospect.

-Matt McSwain is listed again on Bradenton’s roster.  McSwain was reported to have left baseball in the off-season.  He wasn’t in Bradenton for the Lynchburg Hillcats’ ring ceremony, which means he wasn’t in Spring Training when I was down there.  McSwain had a good year in high-A last year.  He probably could make it to AA this year if he returns with the same stuff.

-I noticed today that Wes Freeman isn’t listed on any of the organizational rosters.  Freeman, drafted in 2008 and signed for $150 K, started the year in West Virginia, but struggled with a .155/.223/.238 line, and 44 strikeouts in 84 at-bats.  It was believed that he was in Extended Spring Training, although most of those players are listed on the GCL Pirates’ roster.

-Cole White has returned to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and has joined the State College Spikes.  White, an outfielder drafted in the 42nd round of the 2008 draft, had to leave baseball to serve his five year commitment to the US Army.  White was given his release from the Army to return to playing baseball.  White is currently on a six year reserve list, and will have to return to the Army if he leaves baseball.  Here is the detailed story on White.  He hit for a .338/.404/.455 line in 77 at-bats with State College in 2008 before leaving.

-Dejan Kovacevic mentioned that Jason Jaramillo is at risk of being demoted to AAA.  Jaramillo is hitting for a .180 average with a .523 OPS, although he only has 61 at-bats this season.  The Pirates have Erik Kratz and Luke Carlin as options in AAA.  Kratz is hitting for a .287/.389/.544 line in 136 at-bats, with six homers this year.  Carlin is hitting for a .294/.389/.381 line, with one homer in 126 at-bats.  Neither player is on the 40-man roster, although there is an open spot.  Considering the lack of playing time Jaramillo is seeing, it doesn’t seem like a move that would make a big impact.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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