Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez Returns to West Virginia, Matt Curry to Altoona

Outfielder Harold Ramirez returns to the West Virginia Power today. He went on the disabled list back on April 7th with a hamstring injury. Ramirez is ranked tenth among all prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The injury occurred as he ran down the first base line on a ground ball. At that point, he had played just four games. Barrett Barnes also injured his hamstring running down the line in that same inning and he has yet to return to action.

Ramirez will take the roster spot of Mike Fransoso, who was transferred to the Jamestown roster. He hit .215 in 22 games, with a .628 OPS.

In other news, first baseman Matt Curry returned from the disabled list and he was transferred from the Indianapolis roster to Altoona. ¬†Curry hasn’t played since a three game rehab stint in early July last year in the Gulf Coast League. He played in only 29 games all of last season. He has dealt with an assortment of injuries, including hamate surgery last year.

Author: John Dreker

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.

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  • leowalter

    I would assume that Curry will maybe push Keon Broxton out of a job ? I would think they will want Allie to continue getting ABs and working on his defense at 1st base,wouldn’t you ?

    • John Dreker

      Allie does need work on both. Maybe short-term they give him a few days off to get his head straight. Allie is in a horrible slump right now and except for that three day stretch in which he had four homers, his season at the plate has been a disaster. I’m not going to be too harsh on him though because I think the move to Altoona was a push, just like Willy Garcia, so the struggles are to be expected. A few days off might do Allie some good. Curry will probably DH, play some 1B, maybe OF and maybe he is only in Altoona for a few weeks

    • R Edwards

      I hope not, Broxton has been on fire lately for Altoona after a horrific start. The guy has a lot of raw talent and athletic ability, although still a long shot. I would let Justin Howard go before Broxton, as I don’t see Howard being anything more than an org player.

      • John Dreker

        I don’t think they need to let anyone go, just someone will be reassigned somewhere else, could be a promotion, demotion or a paper move and whoever it is stays with the team and waits for an opening

        • leowalter

          R Edwards is spot on with that John. Broxton has really done well, the last homestead particularly.