Minor Moves: Urena Promoted to West Virginia, Beckman to Altoona

Here are a few moves from the last day in the minors.

Luis Urena has been promoted to West Virginia.

Luis Urena has been promoted to West Virginia.

**Luis Urena has been promoted to West Virginia from the GCL. I have an irrational prospect love for Urena. He’s a big outfielder who looks like a major leaguer, and has a lot of power potential in his bat. He goes on stretches where he crushes the ball, but then has other stretches where he looks foolish against good outside breaking balls. So far this year he has a .290/.338/.420 line in the GCL with one homer in 69 at-bats. He also has 23 strikeouts in those 69 at-bats.

The Pirates didn’t have much room for him on the GCL roster after the addition of Austin Meadows and Nick Buckner, so it’s good to see him moving up and getting a challenge.¬†Odds are he’s only going to amount to a lower level organizational guy, but his bat is better than a lot of the other organizational guys currently in West Virginia.

**To make room for Urena, Jimmy Rider was transferred from West Virginia to Jamestown.

**Left-handed pitcher Will Kendall was transferred to Jamestown yesterday. Kendall was the 30th round pick in this year’s draft.

**Ryan Beckman was promoted from Bradenton to Altoona yesterday. Beckman returned from Tommy John surgery last month after going down in April 2012 with an elbow injury. That injury happened in Altoona, so it was expected that he’d eventually move up. In his last ten appearances with the Marauders he has a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings, with a 10:5 K/BB ratio. Beckman is a sleeper relief prospect, throwing a sinker from a sidearm delivery, giving him a ton of movement and generating a lot of ground balls.

**Jared Hughes has had his rehab transferred to Altoona.

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