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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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 than the $100,000 limit for picks after the tenth round, which means $25,000 counts towards the overall bonus pool. In the big picture, that reduces...

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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 MLBAAP. He’s got three brothers in pro ball. His oldest...

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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 fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, Hurst had Tommy John surgery in the past. The right-hander had the procedure during his junior year of...

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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 strong opportunity to be a five-tool player. I want to thank and congratulate Scouting Supervisor Juan Mercado and our staff for doing such a...

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Pirates Recall Matt Hague, Option Eric Fryer to AAA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder Matt Hague from Triple-A and have optioned catcher Eric Fryer back down to Indianapolis. Fryer was with the team to serve as an emergency catcher with Rod Barajas injured. Barajas is healthy now, which left no need for a third catcher. Hague hit for a .235/.278/.265 line in 68 at-bats during his two previous trips to the majors this year. His last time up he started with an eight game...

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