Report: Houston Astros Sign Mark Appel Under Slot Value

The Houston Astros have agreed to a deal with No. 1 draft pick Mark Appel, according to the sources of CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Appel and agent Scott Boras turned down a contract offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. [Update: Appel will receive a $6.35 million bonus, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America.] The contract is worth between $6 million and $6.5 million, according to Heyman, though the slot value for the...

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Stolmy Pimentel Promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis

Right-handed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel was promoted to Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona on Saturday, as first reported by Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. The move corresponds with pitcher Nick Kingham joining the Altoona Curve from Bradenton. Pimentel, 23, threw 243 innings between Double-A Portland and Altoona since 2011. This has been his best season at the level, maintaining a 3.61 ERA for Altoona striking out 61 hitters and...

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Pirates Locke Down and Shut Out Dodgers 3-0

Did you see this coming? Did you see Jeff Locke having the National League’s 5th-best ERA in mid-June? If you’re surprised, that’s because Locke’s performance sneaks up on you. The Pirates have needed nine starters to fill four spots because of injuries, poor pitching or in Gerrit Cole’s case, delaying a service time clock. Meanwhile, Locke stands on the mound every fifth day and personifies consistency....

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Pirates Notebook: Projecting Rotation with Burnett Out, Cumpton In

Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett. Dodgers Series Friday: Jeff Locke Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut) Sunday: Gerrit Cole Reds Series Monday: Francisco Liriano Tuesday: Charlie Morton Wednesday: Jeff Locke Thursday: To Be Announced Angels Series (not confirmed) Friday, June 21: Gerrit Cole Saturday, June 22:...

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Brandon Cumpton Will Start for Pirates on Saturday

[Update, 3:27 p.m. -- The Pirates confirmed Cumpton is in Pittsburgh, currently a part of the taxi squad but not yet added to the active roster.] Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday’s start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger, Sports Anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia. Congrats to Former @GT_Baseball Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut on Saturday for the #Pirates...

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