Catching up on some minor league transactions…
-The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Travis Chick, a right handed pitcher who started the 2010 season in the Los Angeles Angels’ camp before being released and going to Independent ball. Chick will play in Indianapolis, providing the Indians with pitching depth.
-Derek Hankins has been promoted from AA to AAA. Hankins had a 1.82 ERA this year in 79 innings, pitching mostly out of the bullpen, with a 5.5 K/9 ratio and a 3.1 BB/9 ratio. Hankins has pitched 273 innings at the AA level, so it’s well past time to move him to AAA, although he’s 26, so his upside is middle relief depth.
-Brian Bass was demoted from AAA to AA to make room for Hankins. Bass started the season in AAA, then was called up and spent 15 days in the majors before returning to AAA. In his time in AAA, Bass put up a 3.97 ERA in 45.1 innings, with a 34:17 K/BB ratio.
-Craig Hansen has been placed on the Bradenton Marauders’ roster, where he will start his rehab work.
-Eric Fryer has been activated from the disabled list in Bradenton. Fryer was hit in the face with a pitch in June, fracturing his orbital bone. He started his rehab work on July 26th in the GCL.
-West Virginia moved Justin Ennis down to State College, and brought Teddy Fallon back from State College. This is likely a paper move, and Ennis won’t actually go to West Virginia. He pitched 1.1 innings last night, and I’m betting he will be back in a few days.
-Andy Vazquez was moved from the GCL Pirates to State College.