The Pittsburgh Pirates made a bunch of minor league moves today and at least one more should be announced soon due to roster space. The biggest name moved today was Tyler Waldron, who was injured earlier in the season and has been pitching for Bradenton since he returned three weeks ago. Also moving to Altoona from Indianapolis was catcher Ali Solis, who was demoted to make room for newly-signed catcher Kelly Shoppach. With those two additions and only one other corresponding move, the Altoona Curve roster is one over the maximum.
Waldron has been hit hard recently while with Bradenton
Waldron made three starts at the beginning of the season before going down with a right arm injury. He returned as a relief pitcher with Bradenton on July 26th and has thrown eight innings over five appearances, allowing multiple runs in each of his last four games. To make room for Waldron, utility fielder Kelson Brown was placed on the disabled list.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.