Edwin Espinal

Minor Moves: Three Catchers on the Move, Edwin Espinal to Disabled List

With Nevin Ashley on call for the majors, it seems like there was a chain-reaction with catcher moves in the minors. Kawika Emsley-Pai moves from the West Virginia Power to the Altoona Curve. Francisco Diaz moved from the Jamestown roster to West Virginia. Diaz started the year with the Power and was joined by Emsley-Pai when Reese McGuire went on the disabled list. When McGuire returned, Diaz was the one removed from the active roster.

Taking the place pf Ashley on the Indianapolis roster is catcher Ralph Henriquez. He is actually replacing Brandon Cumpton on the roster, but with Ashley in Pittsburgh, Henriquez will serve as the catcher along with Omir Santos. Cumpton will be recalled for the doubleheader for the Pirates in New York. Henriquez has been the backup to Elias Diaz in Altoona this year.

In other news, West Virginia first baseman Edwin Espinal was placed on the disabled list with a minor hand injury. He shouldn’t be out for more than the 7-day DL stay. Adam Landecker took his place on the roster. Espinal is hitting .252/.284/.323 in 35 games. He was on a recent hot streak, but an 0-for-9 in his last two games halted that.

Wrapping up the recent transactions, relief pitcher Cody Eppley was assigned to the Jamestown roster when Jaff Decker was sent back to Indianapolis. Eppley has had a rough time in six appearances with Indianapolis, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and five walks in 3.1 innings.

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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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  • R Edwards

    Any updates on Meadows , Barnes, Lambo?? Looks like Meadows hamstring issue was more serious than originally portrayed – he’s been out a month and a half now. Same with Barnes.

    • John Dreker

      The most recent updates for all three can be found in the prospect watch http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/prospect-watch-three-hits-each-for-alen-hanson-and-gregory-polanco.html

      • R Edwards

        Thanks John – the problem is they are not so recent – a month old for Barnes and Meadows. Its hard to believe that no one has asked and there isn’t a more recent update on either??

        • John Dreker

          We would post it if there was anything new worth noting. No news just means nothing has changed. Lambo had a bruised thumb and hamstring injuries are tough to judge. Barnes had one last year that cost him a month and another shut him down for two months. Meadows they are just being overly cautious with and last report, he wasn’t doing any game activities

  • Scott Kliesen

    Is Cumpton going back down to pitch vs Gwinnett today or tomorrow?

    • John Dreker

      Sadler is pitching today, so I’m guessing they are giving Cumpton an extra day to get settled back in

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