In addition to the roster moves for Altoona and the trade of Chris Dickerson today, the Pittsburgh Pirates made six moves in the lower minors, including a rare mid-season promotion from the Dominican Summer League.
Jake Burnette was added to the GCL roster on rehab and he pitched today. The seventh round pick from the 2011 draft signed an over-slot bonus, but has not lived up to the hype, mostly because he has been unable to stay healthy. He didn't fare well in his season debut today, allowing five runs(three earned) on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.
The GCL Pirates sent third baseman Edgardo Munoz to Bristol. There seemed to be too many infielders that needed playing time with the GCL Pirates and Munoz was hitting well in his limited time, plus he is already 22 years old, ...
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