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Minor Moves: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona Roster, Jeff Inman to Bradenton

The Altoona Curve have placed pitcher Tyler Sample on the disabled list with a left ankle injury and pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang from Taiwan was added to the Curve roster.

The Bradenton Marauders have placed pitcher Robby Rowland on the disabled list and added Jeff Inman to the active roster.

Yang  was signed to a minor league deal over the off-season and invited to Major League Spring Training. He pitched five times and gave up three runs on two hits and six walks over four innings. Yang has been in Extended Spring Training up until now. The 31-year-old lefty has been pitching in Japan since 2006. You can view a video of Yang from back in February when he first joined the team in Spring Training.

Sample has started six games and pitched in relief five times. He has a 6.49 ERA in 34.2 innings and has had control problems, which have plagued him during his entire career. Sample has 28 strikeouts and 30 walks.

Jeff Inman hasn’t pitched since May 8,2013  due to Tommy John surgery. He pitched ten games for Altoona last year and has only pitched a total of 118.1 innings since being drafted in 2009. In an Extended Spring Training game last week, he was hitting 94 MPH with his fastball.

Rowland has been pitching strictly in relief this season, posting a 5.40 ERA in 31.2 innings over 18 appearances.

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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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  • leowalter

    I watched Yang pitch one inning tonight About all I could tell was he had some control problems, but after two walks, he struck a guy out to end the inning.

  • freddylang

    Inman making one more run at it. Hopefully he can stay healthy and be one good more AAA reliever next year.

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