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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Minor Moves: Harlan and Lopez Promoted, Hughes Sent To Indianapolis
Jul14

Minor Moves: Harlan and Lopez Promoted, Hughes Sent To Indianapolis

Two pitchers have moved up in the Pittsburgh Pirates system today, while two players at the upper level flip roster spots again. Left-hander Thomas Harlan has been promoted to the Bradenton Marauders, while righty Cesar Lopez has taken his spot on the West Virginia Power roster. No corresponding moves have been announced for Bradenton yet to open up a spot for Harlan, or with Jamestown to fill the spot of Lopez. Thomas Harlan is a big...

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Pirates Sign 11th Round Pick Erich Weiss to Over-Slot Deal
Jul12

Pirates Sign 11th Round Pick Erich Weiss to Over-Slot Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a deal with 11th round pick Erich Weiss, according to Weiss on Twitter. So thankful that the Pirates have given me the opportunity to chase my dream!! Can't wait to get started! UT has been great, I will miss it! — Erich Weiss (@ErichWeiss6) July 7, 2013 Weiss had good numbers in his first two years with Texas, then slumped in his junior year, which could have been the reason he dropped...

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Pirates Acquire Russ Canzler For Tim Alderson
Jul12

Pirates Acquire Russ Canzler For Tim Alderson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired 1B/OF Russ Canzler from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league pitcher Tim Alderson. Canzler is on the 40-man roster, and to make room the Pirates placed James McDonald on the 60-day DL. The Pirates have sent Canzler to Triple-A. In his career in the majors, Canzler has a .271/.304/.396 line in 96 at-bats. In the minors this year he has a .276/.369/.430 line in 323 at-bats in Triple-A....

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Minor Moves: Pirates Acquire Brian Bocock From Nationals
Jul10

Minor Moves: Pirates Acquire Brian Bocock From Nationals

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired infielder Brian Bocock from the Washington Nationals. Bocock is the player to be named later from the Brian Jeroloman trade earlier this year. Ivan De Jesus has also been placed on the temporary inactive list (bereavement) and Oscar Tejeda has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis. Bocock is an organizational guy. He has had 44 at-bats in Triple-A this year for Washington, with a .495 OPS. He...

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