Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL
Jul04

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL

Catching up on all of the minor league transactions from the last few days. **Jerry Sands and Matt Curry are both on rehab assignments with the GCL Pirates. **Eric Avila has been released by the Pirates. The third baseman was hitting for a .234/.259/.414 line in 111 at-bats this year. He was doing well in the month of June, with a .339/.383/.554 line in 56 at-bats. However, he was mostly crushing lefties, with a .548 OPS against...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio
Jul04

Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio on a $400,000 bonus. He is the second big International signing from today, with outfielder Edinson Lantigua being announced earlier. Valerio is a 16-year-old switch-hitter, who like Lantigua, played in the Dominican Prospect League. According to Ben Badler at Baseball America(subscription required), Valerio has smooth actions in the field and a good...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Edinson Lantigua
Jul03

Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Edinson Lantigua

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican outfielder Edinson Lantigua, signing the 16-year-old to a reported $275,000 bonus. According to the Dominican Prospect League site, Lantigua makes solid contact and is a line drive hitter, who shows occasional power. Defensively, he has a strong arm and they project him to be able to play center field. They call Lantigua a player with a very high ceiling. He is the first high...

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Pirates Sign Sixth Round Pick Adam Frazier, 37th Round Pick Dennis
Jul03

Pirates Sign Sixth Round Pick Adam Frazier, 37th Round Pick Dennis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with two more draft picks today. They signed sixth round draft pick Adam Frazier, a shortstop out of Mississippi State. Frazier received the exact slot amount of $240,600 to sign. They have also signed 37th round draft pick Andrew Dennis, a catcher from Wallace State Community College. No terms of his deal has been announced yet.  The Pirates have now signed 26 players, including their top...

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Pirates Activate Jose Tabata; Phil Irwin Has Surgery
Jul03

Pirates Activate Jose Tabata; Phil Irwin Has Surgery

A few roster updates this afternoon: **The Pirates have activated Jose Tabata from the disabled list. To make room they have optioned Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A. **Phil Irwin had ulnar nerve transposition surgery on his right-elbow today. He is expected to miss approximately two months of action. **Jared Hughes will go to Florida for his rehab work. I’m guessing he’s going to be pitching for the Marauders. **Kyle...

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Pirates Call Up Brandon Cumpton For Tonight’s Start
Jul02

Pirates Call Up Brandon Cumpton For Tonight’s Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Brandon Cumpton to make tonight’s start against the Philadelphia Phillies. Josh Harrison has been optioned to Triple-A to make room. Cumpton was needed tonight after Jeff Locke and Jeanmar Gomez both saw a lot of work in the bullpen on Sunday. Neither player got in the game, although Locke got ready for the game and was close to coming in. Gomez did his normal bullpen work, in preparation...

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