Prospect Highlights: First Look at Big Bonus Third Baseman
Jul10

Prospect Highlights: First Look at Big Bonus Third Baseman

During the 2012 July 2nd signing period, the Pittsburgh Pirates gave out two $700,000 bonuses, one to center fielder Michael de la Cruz, and another to third baseman Julio de la Cruz. Despite the same last name and equal bonuses, the two are not related. Both are on the same path towards the Majors, spending all of last season in the DSL, then moving to the GCL this year. When they signed, Julio was considered the better of the two...

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Minor League Schedule:  Cody Dickson Tries to Build Off Best Start of the Season
Jul09

Minor League Schedule: Cody Dickson Tries to Build Off Best Start of the Season

Today’s Starters: Nick Kingham, Vin Mazzaro, Joan Montero, Jason Creasy, Cody Dickson, Frank Duncan

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Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Stetson Allie, Jordan Luplow Homers
Jul09

Prospect Watch: Three Hits For Stetson Allie, Jordan Luplow Homers

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. ┬áNote that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Pirates DFA Duke Welker
Jul09

Pirates DFA Duke Welker

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Matt Hague would be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in St Louis to take the place of Starling Marte, who was placed on the Bereavement List. To make room on the 40-man roster for Hague, the Pirates designated right-handed relief pitcher Duke Welker for assignment. Welker had Tommy John surgery back in early June, so he will be out until sometime next season. He was pitching at Indianapolis this...

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Francisco Liriano Will Start Sunday, Vance Worley to Bullpen
Jul09

Francisco Liriano Will Start Sunday, Vance Worley to Bullpen

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Francisco Liriano will return to the team on Sunday to start the last game before the All-Star break against the Cincinnati Reds. Liriano threw six shutout innings on Monday down in AAA. He last started for the Pirates on June 10th, giving up two runs over three innings before leaving the game with an oblique injury. This season, he has a 4.60 ERA in 72.1 innings over 14 starts. Liriano has 77...

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