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 article. The article also mentions that Bastardo is 16 and signed on July 2nd, but I’ve learned that both are...

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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 round pick Rodarrick Jones. Jones had a .128/.222/.179 line in 39 at-bats for State College. **Porfirio Lopez was transferred from Bradenton to...

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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.

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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.

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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 over the $100,000 limit for picks after the 10th round. UPDATE: Moroff receives $300,000, which is $200,000 over...

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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 also released Matt McSwain. McSwain had been in the organization for seven years, spending the last two in Double-A. He had a 4.88 ERA in 55.1...

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