Pirates demote Brandon Jones, sign Yung Chi Chen

The Pittsburgh Pirates have demoted outfielder Brandon Jones from AAA Indianapolis to AA Altoona, and have also signed Yung Chi Chen, who was recently with the Oakland Athletics.  The moves bring Altoona’s roster up to 24, after seeing the promotions of Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley to Indianapolis leave the team shorthanded. For Jones, the move is the latest in what has been an all around poor season.  Jones was on...

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Pirates sign Justin Howard

According to an official release, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 24th round draft pick Justin Howard.  Howard, a senior from the University of New Mexico, hit for a .456 average in his senior season, with ten homers in 261 at-bats. Howard injured his left knee in a collision in an NCAA Regional Finals game against Minnesota, which Howard claims caused his stock to drop.  Howard said he was hearing he could go in the top...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Game 72 Recap

In 2010, as a college sophomore, Anthony Rendon hit for a .394/.530/.801 line in 226 at-bats for the University of Rice.  He tied for second in the NCAA with 26 home runs, and was named the NCAA Player of the Year by Baseball America.  Rendon is the heavy favorite to go first overall in the 2011 draft.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Durham 9-1, led by a great outing by Charlie Morton.  Morton pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  According to Indians’ broadcaster Scott McCauley, nothing was hit hard, the one run came on an infield hit to third, and Morton retired the final 14 batters. Brandon Moss broke the game open with a grand slam in the eighth...

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Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley Heading to Indianapolis

Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley are heading to Indianapolis, according to this tweet from Moskos, with the move being confirmed by Jennifer Langosch: Headed to Indy! Looking forward to a the new challenge that’s ahead of me. Caravanning with alex Presley Two good promotions for the Pirates, who just cleared two spots on the Indianapolis roster today with the promotions of Steven Jackson and Justin Thomas to the majors.  I...

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