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Pittsburgh Pirates Release Seven Minor League Players

Justin Maffei spent five seasons in the minors for the Pirates. Photo Credit: David Hague
Pittsburgh Pirates Release Seven Minor League Players
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released eight minor league players recently. On Monday, Brandon Bingel was released, which we mentioned last night. Seven more players have been released since then. Here's a quick recap on all of them.

Justin Maffei was a 25th round pick in 2013, who made it as high as Triple-A. Over the last two seasons, he has been used in a limited role, mostly playing where the Pirates need him. In five seasons, he had a .701 OPS in 321 games.

Yoandy Fernandez is probably the most surprising name here. The Cuban-born pitcher played for Morgantown this season, where he had a 2.95 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. He was pitching in Mexico this winter, but hasn't played in a couple of weeks. While he was older (29 years old), the Pirates controlled his rights for ...

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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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