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Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

Jared Lakind will be converted to a pitcher.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following six players, per a team press release.

Alex Lukashevich, RHP - Had an 0.47 ERA in 19 innings last year, but his advanced numbers didn't look as good. He throws in the low-to-mid 80s. The Pirates signed Lukashevich out of Belarus in 2010.

Porfirio Lopez, LHP - Lopez was unlike a lot of the international lefties in the system in that he could throw 88-92 MPH. He also had a good breaking ball. However, he didn't really look like a guy who could make it to Double-A or beyond.

Mike Colla, RHP - Colla might be the player on this list who has the best shot at the majors. He was throwing 89-91 MPH with his sinker in camp, but has been 90-92 in the past. He had a good year starting in Altoona in 2011, and was good in relief at the level in 2012. The Pirates have a lot of similar players in Triple-A and the majors, so even if Colla makes it as a sleeper middle reliever, the Pirates won't f...

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