Minor Moves: Pirates Release Vince Payne, Matt McSwain

Catching up on some minor league transactions.

**The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher Vince Payne. Payne was a 12th round pick in 2010, and spent parts of the last two years in West Virginia. He combined to put up a 7.86 ERA in 34.1 innings in those two years.

**The Pirates also released Matt McSwain. McSwain had been in the organization for seven years, spending the last two in Double-A. He had a 4.88 ERA in 55.1 innings this year, spending six starts in the rotation.

**Evan Chambers was demoted from Altoona to Bradenton. Junior Sosa was demoted from Bradenton to West Virginia.

Author: Tim Williams

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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  • Lee Young

    That Altoona game I went to where Nate Baker pitched 6 shutout innings??? Well, Matt McSwain is on the cover of the program. Think it’ll be worth anything? Should I have gotten his autograph?

    :) :)

  • Lee Young

    Looks like Evan C isn’t long for our org, either.

  • F Lang

    Poor McSwain. The dude has done everything the Org has ever asked even coming back after he got a call when he retired. Hopefully they give him a job as a scout or something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Jones/509301357 Matthew Jones

    Glad he got picked up by Oakland. He deserved to be moved up in Pittsburgh organization, but they have no clue. Good luck McSwain. Loved being your teammate in NC in the MSBL Royals.