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Exicardo Cayonez Demoted to the GCL

Exicardo Cayonez Demoted to the GCL

Cayonez has been demoted to the GCL.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Jordan Cooper to the State College Spikes, and to create space on the roster, they have demoted Exicardo Cayonez to the Gulf Coast League.  Cooper is expected to pitch tonight, with the probable starter listed as TBA, which normally indicates a player not currently on the roster.  Usually, these moves are just paper moves, with the guy in Cayonez's position returning to the league shortly.  However, Cayonez probably won't return to State College for awhile.

The Venezuelan outfielder is currently hitting for a .063 average, with two hits in 32 at-bats.  He looks overmatched at the plate, with 13 strikeouts, which is more than one every three at-bats.  Last year in the GCL he hit for a .263/.369/.362 line in 152 at-bats, which is good when you consider that the GCL is one of the most pitcher friendly leagues in the minors....

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