• State College Spikes Roster Moves 9/2

    As the 2011 season comes to a close, we will see a lot of roster moves in State College, trying to maximize roster spots.  Today, the Spikes transferred Nick Kingham and Cesar Lopez to the GCL Pirates.  The move is just a paper move in each case.  Kingham made his final start...

  • State College Spikes Roster Moves 9/1

    The State College Spikes have made a few roster moves today: -Samuel Gonzalez has been placed on the disabled list, retroactive to August 30th.  Gonzalez is currently out with a shoulder strain. -Mike Jefferson has been transferred to the GCL Pirates.  The move is a paper move.  Jefferson threw five shutout innings...

  • Pirates Recall Jaramillo, Call Up Brian Burres

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled catcher Jason Jaramillo, and have purchased the contract of left handed pitcher Brian Burres, according to a team press release.  Burres is expected to start for the Pirates on Friday against the Chicago Cubs.  There was an open spot on the 40-man roster, and Burres will fill...

  • Cesar Lopez, Alen Hanson Promoted to State College

    Hanson has been promoted to State College. The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez and infielder Alen Hanson to the State College Spikes from the GCL Pirates.  Earlier today we heard that Lopez and Hanson were two of eight players who have joined State College from the GCL level....

  • Matt Diaz Traded to Atlanta for PTBNL

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded outfielder Matt Diaz to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later, according to a team press release.  Diaz played for the Braves from 2006-2010, before signing a two year, $4 M deal with the Pirates.  No word yet on the contract terms, but David...

  • John Bowker Traded to Phillies

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded John Bowker to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.  No word on the return, or if there is a return at all.  The Phillies are expected to add Bowker to the 25-man roster.  Since he was not on the 40-man roster, he didn't...

  • Pirates Release Justin Bencsko

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have released outfielder Justin Bencsko.  Bencsko was a 20th round pick last year, taken as a college senior.  The outfielder was a one tool talent, with speed being that tool.  He was one of the fastest players in the system, but struggled at the plate this year in State...

  • Wes Freeman Promoted to West Virginia

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted outfielder Wes Freeman from State College to West Virginia.  Freeman, one of two Spikes to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, improved his average from .169 on July 17 to .304 at the conclusion of tonight's game. The outfielder is also leading the Spikes with...

  • Pirates Recall Alex Presley, Chase d’Arnaud

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d'Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled each player from AAA Indianapolis.  To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have optioned Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson to AAA. The move is expected, as we heard last night...

  • Pirates Sign Mike Loree to Minor League Deal

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Mike Loree to a minor league deal, and have added him to the Altoona Curve roster.  Loree, a 24 year old right handed pitcher, is 6' 6", 226 pouns, and last played in the minors in 2009 with the San Francisco Giants, with a...

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