Minor Moves: Tyler Waldron to the DL, John Holdzkom Promoted to Indianapolis
Jul05

Minor Moves: Tyler Waldron to the DL, John Holdzkom Promoted to Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Indians have made a pair of moves today. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Waldron was placed on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain. The move was back-dated to July 3rd. Right-hander John Holdzkom was promoted from Altoona to take Waldron’s place. Waldron has a 3.79 ERA in 40.1 innings this year with Indianapolis, along with a 33:12 K/BB ratio. He’s made four starts in that span, with a 2.37 ERA in...

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Pirates Claim Infielder Dean Anna From the Yankees
Jul05

Pirates Claim Infielder Dean Anna From the Yankees

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed infielder Dean Anna from the New York Yankees and have optioned him to Triple-A. Anna was a 26th round draft pick by the San Diego Padres in 2008. He was traded to the Yankees over the off-season for right-handed pitcher Ben Paullus, at which point they added him to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He made the Yankees’ Opening Day roster, but was optioned to Triple-A...

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What Would the Jeff Samardzija Trade Look Like For the Pirates?
Jul05

What Would the Jeff Samardzija Trade Look Like For the Pirates?

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics made a trade that sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. The Cubs ended up getting shortstop Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney, and pitcher Dan Straily. There have been a lot of people wanting the Pirates to trade for a pitcher like Samardzija. Here is a look at what the recent trade would have looked like if we substitute Pirates prospects for the guys...

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Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Hits His 10th Homer of the Year
Jul05

Prospect Watch: JaCoby Jones Hits His 10th Homer of the Year

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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First Pitch: A.J. Burnett Would Not Upgrade the Pirates Rotation
Jul04

First Pitch: A.J. Burnett Would Not Upgrade the Pirates Rotation

Here are the numbers for two pitchers. One of these pitchers is seen as a potential mid-season upgrade for the Pirates, and a guy who could help them for a playoff run. The other pitcher is a guy who is currently in the Pirates’ rotation, and who a lot of fans would have as the top candidate to be moved to the bullpen or traded away. Player A: 3.92 ERA / 4.04 xFIP Player B: 4.07 ERA / 4.23 xFIP You can tell by the title that one...

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