• Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder

    According to Eduardo Ceccato of El Tiempo, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Venezuelan outfielder Alexis Bastardo. The article says that Bastardo is a 6.4-6.5 runner with a 60 arm. Bastardo is a center fielder, but can play right field because of the arm. He's a talented hitter and fielder, according to the...

  • Minor Moves: Rodarrick Jones Released, Lower Level Moves

    A few roster moves today in the lower levels. **2012 18th round pick John Kuchno has been added to the State College Spikes roster. **Gavi Nivar was transferred from the GCL to State College. Nivar was hitting for a .294/.314/.471 line in 34 at-bats in the GCL. **The Pirates released 2011 37th...

  • Alex Presley Activated From DL, Hague Optioned

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley from the seven day disabled list. To make room, Matt Hague has been optioned to Indianapolis. Presley will return to the lineup tonight, batting leadoff.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the...

  • Pirates Sign Eighth Round Pick Kevin Ross

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed eighth round pick Kevin Ross for $130 K, per Kendall Rogers. That amount is $8,200 under his slot price. We heard earlier that Ross was expected to sign. For more on Ross, check out his player page.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to...

  • Pirates Sign 16th Round Pick Max Moroff for $300,000

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 16th round pick Max Moroff, Pirates Prospects has learned. Last night I reported that the Pirates were close to Moroff's amount, but that reports were he was leaning toward going to UCF. No word yet on the bonus amount, although I would imagine it is a deal...

  • Minor Moves: Pirates Release Vince Payne, Matt McSwain

    Catching up on some minor league transactions. **The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right-handed pitcher Vince Payne. Payne was a 12th round pick in 2010, and spent parts of the last two years in West Virginia. He combined to put up a 7.86 ERA in 34.1 innings in those two years. **The Pirates...

  • Pirates Sign 18th Round Pick For $25 K Over Slot

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 18th round pick John Kuchno for $125 K, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Kuchno is a hard throwing right hander with a fastball that can touch 95, and a power curve. Both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings. The deal was for more...

  • Pirates Sign Australian Shortstop

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Australian shortstop Sam Kennelly, according to the Australian Baseball Federation. Kennelly is a 16-year-old who participated in Major League Baseball's Australian Academy this year. He's a right-handed thrower and hitter at 6' 2", 187 pounds. Kennelly hit for a .250/.308/.271 line in 48 at-bats this year in the...

  • Pirates Sign 17th Round Pick Hayden Hurst

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 17th round pick Hayden Hurst, according to Hurst himself on Twitter. Hurst was a high school pitching prospect with a commitment to Florida State. He is a big guy who’s reached 95 with his fastball, although the pitch usually sits in the 88-92 MPH range.  Just like...

  • Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder for $700 K

    UPDATE 11:59 AM: The Pirates officially announce the move, via press release. Also in the release is a statement from Rene Gayo: “We are very excited to sign Michael. He is a young player with now tools that are still developing. He is also an instinctive and aggressive performer with a very...

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