• Pirates Sign 27th Round Pick Ryan Hornback

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 27th round pick Ryan Hornback.  Hornback, a catcher, hit for a .310 average with San Jacinto College North in 2011.  He had a commitment to Mississippi, but obviously decided to go pro.  His signing won't be an over-slot deal, since the team officially announced it today. The...

  • Jose Tabata to the DL, Josh Harrison Recalled

    Tabata is most likely heading to the disabled list. Pirates Prospects has learned that Josh Harrison is heading to Toronto, where the Pittsburgh Pirates will play a three game series with the Blue Jays.  This most likely means that Jose Tabata will be placed on the disabled list with a right quad...

  • Jordy Mercer Promoted to Indianapolis

    Mercer has been promoted to AAA. The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted shortstop Jordy Mercer to Indianapolis, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.  Mercer was hitting for a .268/.329/.487 line with Altoona, along with a career high 13 homers.  His numbers were low, thanks to a .154/.233/.346 line in the month...

  • Pirates Sign International Free Agent Dennis Hurtarte

    The Pirates have signed their first player from Guatemala, first baseman Dennis Hurtarte. He was watched by numerous teams in the last three months during tryouts in both the Dominican and in Florida.  His agent had close ties with the Mariners, Braves and Mets but the Pirates were able to sign him....

  • Michael Crotta Reinstated from DL, Optioned to AAA

    Crotta has been reinstated from the disabled list, and optioned to AAA. The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated right handed pitcher Michael Crotta from the disabled list, and have optioned him to AAA Indianapolis.  Crotta was placed on the disabled list on May 11th with right elbow inflammation.  In his rehab work he...

  • Alex Presley Officially Recalled

    Presley is free. The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially recalled outfielder Alex Presley from the Indianapolis Indians, per a team press release.  Earlier today we learned that Pedro Ciriaco had been optioned to Indianapolis to clear a spot on the roster for Presley. Presley is hitting for a .336/.389/.500 line in 292 at-bats...

  • Minor League Updates: Miller, Moreno, Rinku, Hart, Perez

    Moreno is on the AA disabled list with right shoulder soreness. Some roster updates in the minor league system: -Diego Moreno has been placed on the disabled list in Altoona with right shoulder soreness.  The move is as of 6/23.  Moreno had a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings with Altoona, along with...

  • Roster Updates: Ciriaco, Presley, Tabata

    Ciriaco has been optioned to AAA. A few roster updates this morning... -Pedro Ciriaco has been optioned to AAA Indianapolis.  The Pirates are expected to call up Alex Presley tomorrow.  Ciriaco had just six at-bats this year, with no hits.  He was in the majors for a combined 37 days this year....

  • Pirates Call Up Eric Fryer, DFA Dusty Brown

    Fryer has been called up to the majors. The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up catcher Eric Fryer from the Indianapolis Indians, and have designated Dusty Brown for assignment.  Fryer was originally acquired by the Pirates in June 2009, in exchange for Eric Hinske.  The Pirates paid the remainder of Hinske's 2009 salary...

  • Transactions Recap: Thompson, Rodriguez, Cooper, Jackson

    Thompson has been designated for assignment. Catching up on the daily roster moves, since I was on the road all day, and haven't figured out a way to clone myself yet: -To make room for Chase d'Arnaud on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson for assignment.  Thompson...

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