Pirates Prospects » Transactions http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 07 Sep 2014 13:23:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Pirates Call Up Six Players, Including Gregory Polanco, Jeff Locke, and John Holdzkom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/pirates-call-up-six-players-including-gregory-polanco-jeff-locke-and-john-holdzkom.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/pirates-call-up-six-players-including-gregory-polanco-jeff-locke-and-john-holdzkom.html#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:29:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87570 The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up six players from Indianapolis today. Jeff Locke, Casey Sadler, John Holdzkom, Bobby LaFromboise, and Gregory Polanco were all recalled. They also purchased the contract of Chase d’Arnaud, while designating Michael Martinez for assignment.

Locke, Polanco, and Holdzkom were on optional assignment in Triple-A, and are eligible to return now that the Indianapolis season is over. Locke will be making the start in tonight’s game. Polanco had been losing playing time to Travis Snider before being sent to the minors, due to Polanco’s struggles at the plate. He should get a few starts, but might share time with Andrew Lambo and Snider, when Snider returns from his injury.

Holdzkom was added to the 40-man roster on August 31st, then optioned to Indianapolis. That’s an interesting move, as it makes him eligible for the playoffs. He was signed as a minor league free agent this year out of indy ball, and has been working in the upper 90s with his fastball, while posting strong numbers in Triple-A. It will be interesting to see if his success carries over to the majors.

LaFromboise was claimed off waivers last month, and will give the Pirates a third lefty reliever in the bullpen, with the ability to be a lefty specialist. He has a .699 OPS against lefties in Triple-A this year, and has posted four shutout innings, with two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts since joining Indianapolis.

Casey Sadler getting recalled isn’t a surprise, since he has made several appearances in the majors out of the bullpen this year. I’ve mentioned over the last few days that Chase d’Arnaud could get called up. He hasn’t had good numbers at the plate this year, but can play a lot of different positions, gives value with his base running, and has done well in his career against lefties. He should definitely be a better option than Michael Martinez, who struggled in his time with the Pirates in the majors.

The Pirates’ active roster is now at 34 players.

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Pirates Add John Holdzkom to the 40-Man Roster, DFA Chris McGuiness http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/pirates-add-john-holdzkom-to-the-40-man-roster-dfa-chris-mcguiness.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/pirates-add-john-holdzkom-to-the-40-man-roster-dfa-chris-mcguiness.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:49:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87510 The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher John Holdzkom and have optioned him to Triple-A, per a team press release. The announcement said that the move happened last night, which means Holdzkom was added to the 40-man roster in time to qualify for the playoff roster. They had to option him to Indianapolis, since rosters hadn’t expanded yet when he was added.

The optional assignment will be short-lived, since Indianapolis finishes their season today. Holdzkom will be eligible to be called up tomorrow, along with Jeff Locke and Gregory Polanco.

Holdzkom has been impressive this year, since being signed as a minor league free agent mid-season. He has been sitting in the upper 90s with his fastball, and posted a 2.49 ERA and a 27:10 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings with Indianapolis.

The decision to DFA McGuiness isn’t a big surprise. He’s a first base option, and the Pirates have too many of those on the roster right now. Aside from Ike Davis, Pedro Alvarez, and Gaby Sanchez, McGuiness would have to compete with Andrew Lambo and Tony Sanchez, who have spent time at first base.

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Pirates Add Gerrit Cole, Tony Sanchez and Stolmy Pimentel to Active Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/pirates-add-gerrit-cole-tony-sanchez-and-stolmy-pimentel-to-active-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/09/pirates-add-gerrit-cole-tony-sanchez-and-stolmy-pimentel-to-active-roster.html#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:09:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87507 The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled catcher Tony Sanchez, starter Gerrit Cole and activated pitcher Stolmy Pimentel from the disabled list. With rosters expanding today, the Pirates added these three players for their game with the Cardinals, with more likely to come tomorrow after the Indianapolis season ends. The Indians play their last game this afternoon.

Sanchez has been hitting well recently, collecting three hits in three of his last six games. His overall stats at AAA weren’t that great due to an extended mid-season slump. He finished with a .235/.337/.442 slash line in 81 games. Sanchez recently started playing first base.

Pimentel made five appearances in the minors since going down with a sprained right ankle on August 15th. He gave up one run on three hits over 5.1 innings.

Cole was only sent down to Bristol so the Pirates could get some extra bench help for a few days. It was a paper move only and he has  been activated for today’s start. He was sent all the way down to Bristol so he could be activated for today’s game. The Bristol season ended on Saturday, which made Cole eligible to be recalled today instead of tomorrow like recently sent down Gregory Polanco and Jeff Locke, who are currently at Indianapolis. Because those two players haven’t been down for ten days yet, they can’t be recalled until their season ends. Locke is scheduled to start tomorrow

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Locke optioned, Morel called up http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/locke-optioned-morel-called-up.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/locke-optioned-morel-called-up.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:30:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87399 In a paper move to get the most usable players on the roster before they expand on September 1st, the Pirates have optioned Jeff Locke and called up Brent Morel. Locke is still in line to start on Tuesday against the Cardinals, just as Gerrit Cole, who was optioned yesterday, will start on Monday.

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Pirates Outright Tommy Field to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-outright-tommy-field-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-outright-tommy-field-to-indianapolis.html#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:47:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87300 The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that infielder Tommy Field has cleared waivers and he has been assigned to Indianapolis. Field was put on waivers on Sunday when the Pirates claimed pitcher Bobby LaFromboise from the San Diego Padres. Field himself was picked up off waivers from the Angels less than three weeks ago. Since joining Indianapolis, he has hit .297/.400/.324 in ten games.

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Pirates Recall Andrew Lambo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-recall-andrew-lambo.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-recall-andrew-lambo.html#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:35:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87286 The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled OF/1B Andrew Lambo and optioned RHP Gerrit Cole to Bristol. Lambo has a .328/.389/.563 in 61 games with Indianapolis. He has been on a hot streak recently, hitting six homers over his last eight games. He has played 21 games at first base this season, 33 games in the outfield.

Cole was sent down to Bristol so he will be eligible to be recalled on September 1st for his next start. If he was sent to another team, he wouldn’t eligible to be recalled until their season ended, which would push back his start.

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Jayson Nix Claimed By Royals http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/jayson-nix-claimed-by-royals.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/jayson-nix-claimed-by-royals.html#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:53:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87211 The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost infielder Jayson Nix on waivers to the Kansas City Royals. Nix was designated for assignment on Monday to make room for the addition of Jose Tabata to the 40-man roster. Clint Barmes returned from the disabled list that day to take the place of Nix in the infield.

While with the Pirates, Nix hit .111/.158/.111 in 36 at-bats over 16 games.

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JaCoby Jones Named Best Shortstop in the SAL, Returns From Disabled List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/jacoby-jones-named-best-shortstop-in-the-sal-returns-from-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/jacoby-jones-named-best-shortstop-in-the-sal-returns-from-disabled-list.html#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:56:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=87204 The West Virginia Power have activated shortstop JaCoby Jones from the disabled list, placing infielder Adam Landecker on the disabled list to open up a roster spot. This comes at the same time that Jones was named by MiLB.com as the best shortstop in the South Atlantic League for the 2014 season.

Jones returns to the lineup with five games left and still has a chance to become the first Pittsburgh Pirates minor league player to reach the 20/20 mark in homers and stolen bases since Adam Boeve accomplished that during the 2007 season. Jones has a .292/.353/.502 slash line in 114 games, with 22 homers and 17 steals. He is second in the SAL in homers, fourth in OPS and fifth in slugging.

The Power also announced that reliever Brett McKinney has been promoted to Bradenton. The 23-year-old righty has a 2.20 ERA in 49 innings over 37 appearances, with 48 strikeouts and a .205 BAA. No other roster move for Bradenton has been announced yet.



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Clint Barmes Activated From the DL, Jayson Nix DFAd, Polanco and Tabata Official http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/clint-barmes-activated-from-the-dl-jayson-nix-dfad.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/clint-barmes-activated-from-the-dl-jayson-nix-dfad.html#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:01:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86952 The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Clint Barmes from the 15-day disabled list, and have designated Jayson Nix for assignment. They have also confirmed the moves we heard about this morning, with Gregory Polanco being optioned to Triple-A and Jose Tabata being recalled.

The swap of Barmes for Nix means the Pirates are getting a much better defender for the infield, especially at the shortstop position. This also ends the Jayson Nix/Michael Martinez/Brent Morel era with the Pirates, although all three could return in about a week when rosters expand. Even if that happens, they won’t be playing in the same roles they had when Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Jordy Mercer, and Barmes were all injured this month. The return of Barmes also means that Josh Harrison won’t be needed as a backup shortstop if Mercer goes down again or needs a day off.

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Pirates Expected to Recall Jose Tabata http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-expected-to-recall-jose-tabata.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/08/pirates-expected-to-recall-jose-tabata.html#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:46:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=86946 The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to recall Jose Tabata to replace Gregory Polanco, according to Ken Rosenthal.

I saw a few comments on Twitter today, saying that Tabata was going up to the majors, although they were unconfirmed. It seems that this will actually be the case.

Tabata has been struggling in Triple-A, hitting for a .687 OPS. He has been hitting well lately, with a .355/.397/.452 line in his last 62 at-bats. That said, it’s interesting that Andrew Lambo isn’t getting the call here. Lambo has better numbers on the season compared to Tabata (.946 OPS), and has also been hot lately (.325/.372/.575 line in his last 80 at-bats). He’s also coming off a four game stretch where he has four home runs. Furthermore, the Pirates will have to DFA someone to add Tabata to the roster, while Lambo is already on the 40-man roster. That said, it’s not like they’ll have a hard time finding someone to DFA.

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