Pirates Purchase Independent League Catcher
Jan30

Pirates Purchase Independent League Catcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have purchased the contract of 26-year-old catcher Dwight Childs, who spent the 2013-14 seasons playing independent ball. Catching for the St. Paul Saints and the New Jersey Jackals in 2014, he hit .208/.270/.250 in 67 games. He spent the entire 2013 season with the Saints. Childs was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round in 2009 out of the University of Arizona. Over four seasons in the...

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Pirates Sign Josh Wall to Minor League Deal With Spring Training Invite
Jan30

Pirates Sign Josh Wall to Minor League Deal With Spring Training Invite

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Josh Wall, who has been invited to Spring Training. They also announced the Wilkin Castillo deal we heard earlier in the week and they also extended him an invite to Spring Training. Wall was a waiver pickup last year from the Angels in late May and he cleared waivers in August, getting dropped from the 40-man roster, but remaining in the organization. The...

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Pirates Sign Chris Volstad to Minor League Deal
Jan30

Pirates Sign Chris Volstad to Minor League Deal

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 28-year-old right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad to a minor league deal. He was a starting pitcher for four season with the Florida Marlins before being dealt to the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2012 season. Volstad had a 4.59 ERA in 584 innings with the Marlins, having his best season as a rookie in 2008 when he had a 2.88 ERA in 14 starts and one relief appearance. With...

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Jake Elmore Sent Outright to Indianapolis
Jan29

Jake Elmore Sent Outright to Indianapolis

Infielder Jake Elmore has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated Elmore for assignment  last Tuesday when they made the Jung Ho Kang signing official. The Pirates originally claimed Elmore off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds back on November 7th. The 27-year-old will now serve as a depth option in AAA, where he will likely see time at second base and shortstop, the two positions he...

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Pirates Sign Wilkin Castillo to a Minor League Deal
Jan28

Pirates Sign Wilkin Castillo to a Minor League Deal

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed catcher Wilkin Castillo to a minor league deal. Wilkin Castillo has signed minor league contract with Pirates, source says. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 28, 2015 Castillo had two brief stints in the majors in 2008 and 2009 with the Reds. He is 30 years old, and has been playing in the Mexican Leagues in each of the last two seasons, hitting for a .582 OPS last...

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Pirates Release 2014 Draft Pick Michael Clemens
Jan22

Pirates Release 2014 Draft Pick Michael Clemens

According to the MiLB.com transaction page for the Appalachian League, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released minor league pitcher Michael Clemens. He was the 17th round draft pick in 2014 and was pitching well for Bristol until he suspended in mid-August for testing positive for HGH. Under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, he was suspended for 68 games, which means he would have missed almost all of the 2015...

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