Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez
Jul28

Pirates Place Travis Snider on the DL; Recall Tony Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Travis Snider on the 15-day disabled list due to discomfort in his left big toe. Tony Sanchez has been recalled to take Snider’s spot. The expectation was that Sanchez could have replaced McKenry or Martin, who both experienced left knee injuries this weekend. The announcement of Snider is a surprise. It gives the Pirates an extra catcher for the next few games with Martin and McKenry banged...

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Minor Moves: Hollingsworth and Bromberg Promoted To Indianapolis
Jul27

Minor Moves: Hollingsworth and Bromberg Promoted To Indianapolis

There was a lot of roster shuffling going on today in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system involving all four full-season teams. Indianapolis sent catcher Ali Solis and pitcher Zack Thornton to Altoona. Taking their place on the Indianapolis roster is a pair of starting pitchers, Ethan Hollingsworth and David Bromberg. Bradenton sent pitcher Thomas Harlan down to West Virginia and activated pitcher Matt Benedict. Indianapolis is...

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Minor Moves: D’Arnaud Activated From Triple-A DL
Jul24

Minor Moves: D’Arnaud Activated From Triple-A DL

Here are the minor league moves from the last two days in the system. **Chase d’Arnaud has been reinstated from the Triple-A disabled list. D’Arnaud went down a few weeks ago with a wrist injury. **Ali Solis has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis. Interesting that this move gives Indianapolis three catchers. **Miguel Perez has been activated off the Double-A disabled list, replacing Solis on the Altoona roster....

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Pirates Release Jose Contreras
Jul18

Pirates Release Jose Contreras

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Jose Contreras. The right-hander was with Indianapolis, and was performing well. He had given up just one earned run in 16.1 innings with the Indians since being sent down from the majors. He also had a 19:5 K/BB ratio. My guess is that they released him to give him an opportunity to sign elsewhere where he could play in the majors. The Pirates don’t really have a spot in their bullpen for...

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Minor Moves: Urena Promoted to West Virginia, Beckman to Altoona
Jul17

Minor Moves: Urena Promoted to West Virginia, Beckman to Altoona

Here are a few moves from the last day in the minors. **Luis Urena has been promoted to West Virginia from the GCL. I have an irrational prospect love for Urena. He’s a big outfielder who looks like a major leaguer, and has a lot of power potential in his bat. He goes on stretches where he crushes the ball, but then has other stretches where he looks foolish against good outside breaking balls. So far this year he has a...

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Pirates Sign Three Players Out of Venezuela
Jul14

Pirates Sign Three Players Out of Venezuela

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed three players out of Venezuela, Pirates Prospects has learned. The information on those three players can be found below. Eliezer Ramirez, OF - Ramirez is an outfielder who bats and throws right. He’s 6′ 2″, 170, and is 16 years old. He has good arm strength, contact skills, and developing power. Ramirez draws comparisons to a young Von Hayes for his tools in the outfield and power...

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