Orlando Castro Promoted to Altoona
Jul11

Orlando Castro Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted left-handed pitcher Orlando Castro to Altoona. Castro is expected to make the start tonight for the Curve. He had some good numbers this year in Bradenton, with a 3.24 ERA in 89 innings, along with a 66:10 K/BB ratio. Those numbers are a bit inflated due to a pair of starts in early June where he gave up 12 earned runs in 8.1 innings. Since then, Castro has given up one run in 19 innings, with a...

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It Looks Like the Pirates Have Lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Brewers
Jul11

It Looks Like the Pirates Have Lost Wei-Chung Wang to the Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers surprised a lot of people during the Rule 5 draft when they selected left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang from the Pittsburgh Pirates, drafting the lefty out of the GCL. Wang was eligible for the draft due to a technicality with his signing. When he originally signed with the Pirates, his contract was voided due to an elbow issue. Wang had Tommy John surgery, then signed a second contract. Players who sign a second...

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Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton
Jul11

Barrett Barnes Promoted to Bradenton

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Barrett Barnes has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. On Tuesday I wrote about how Barnes could possibly be moved up after coming off the disabled list. He hasn’t played above West Virginia, which is where he started the year before going down with a hamstring injury. Barnes is expected to play center field. The promotion is a bit aggressive in the sense that Barnes has struggled at...

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Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia
Jul11

Austin Meadows Finally Heading to West Virginia

According to his Twitter account, Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows is heading to West Virginia. West Virginia here I come! Blessed to make it to this point! — Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) July 11, 2014 Meadows played his final rehab game last night for Bristol, and also played his first complete game. Usually the Pirates have players play anywhere from 1-3 full games before returning. It appears that...

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First Pitch: Pirates Have a Good Opportunity to Take Over the NL Central
Jul11

First Pitch: Pirates Have a Good Opportunity to Take Over the NL Central

It hasn’t been a good day for the other NL Central contenders. A quick recap of the day’s events below: St. Louis Cardinals -¬†Yadier Molina went down last night, and today it was announced that he would miss 8-12 weeks after having surgery on his thumb. That will put him out for most of the remainder of the season, if not all of it.¬†Here is a feel for the impact that Molina provides for the Cardinals. Things are about to...

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