Pirates Prospects » Transactions http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-orlando-castro-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-orlando-castro-placed-on-the-altoona-dl.html#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:14:23 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84448 The Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power have announced the following moves over the last day:

Altoona

**Orlando Castro placed on the DL, retro July 21st, with left shoulder fatigue. Castro was promoted to Altoona in the last month, but has struggled at the new level. This has been standard for him at a new level, and each time he returns the next year to have success in the rotation. Castro was dealing with some dead arm around early June, and his velocity was at the lower end of his range before being promoted. This is another annual problem for him, and could raise concerns about his durability as a starter over a full season.

**Justin Howard was activated off the Altoona DL and was assigned to Bradenton.

**Matt Benedict was promoted to Altoona from Bradenton.

West Virginia

**Infielder Francisco Aponte and left-handed pitcher Jared LaKind were promoted from Jamestown to West Virginia.

**Outfielder Maximo Rivera was promoted from Bristol to West Virginia.

**Infielders Danny Collins and Chris Diaz, and right-handed pitcher Justin Topa were placed on the West Virginia DL.

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Starling Marte Placed on Disabled List, Brent Morel Recalled http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/starling-marte-placed-on-disabled-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/starling-marte-placed-on-disabled-list.html#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:06:11 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84405 The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. They have recalled third baseman Brent Morel to take his roster place. Marte was hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. He sat out Saturday, pinch-hit on Sunday, then played Monday, before sitting out last night’s game. Morel was up with the Pirates earlier in the year, but just for one game. He struck out in his only at-bat.

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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-pirates-release-two-minor-league-pitchers.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-pirates-release-two-minor-league-pitchers.html#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:05:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84004 The Pittsburgh Pirates have released two minor league pitchers today, cutting ties with right-handers Jason Townsend and Jorge Mendoza.

Townsend is the bigger name here, reaching Altoona and looking like a legit relief prospect for awhile. He was drafted in the 31st round in 2010, and was hitting 97 out of the bullpen with poor control right after the draft. He improved on that control in following years, but didn’t post the strikeout numbers you’d want from a reliever. Things fell apart for him in 2013, and he didn’t recover in 2014.

Mendoza is a lower level organizational guy. He pitched in the DSL in 2012, and one inning in 2011. He didn’t pitch last year, and was set to go to Bristol this year, but never pitched in a game.

The Pirates also sent Jhonathan Ramos back to Altoona.

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Minor Moves: Andrew Lambo Returns to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-andrew-lambo-returns-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/minor-moves-andrew-lambo-returns-to-indianapolis.html#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:38:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83949 The Indianapolis Indians and Altoona Curve have announced the following moves.

**Matt Curry has been placed on the disabled list, retro July 15th, with a left ankle injury.

**Andrew Lambo has been activated from the DL.

**Jhonathan Ramos was assigned to Altoona.

**Ralph Henriquez has been placed on the Altoona DL to make room for Josh Bell, who was officially promoted today.

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Starling Marte Reinstated From the Bereavement List http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/starling-marte-reinstated-from-the-bereavement-list.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/starling-marte-reinstated-from-the-bereavement-list.html#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:34:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83941 The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that Starling Marte has been activated from the bereavement list, and Jaff Decker has been optioned to Triple-A. The move to option Decker came a few days ago. This means that Marte will be back and ready to join the team for the start of the second half tomorrow.

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Josh Bell Getting Promoted to Altoona http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/josh-bell-getting-promoted-to-altoona.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/josh-bell-getting-promoted-to-altoona.html#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:26:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83765 Josh Bell, who is having a breakout season in Bradenton this year, will be promoted to Altoona. This is according to his teammate, Barrett Barnes.

Bell just participated in the Future’s Game yesterday, then returned to play with the Marauders tonight. He went 2-for-4 with a triple, and drive in the eventual winning run tonight, prior to the promotion. Bell had a .333/.380/.495 line in 327 at-bats in high-A, before tonight’s game. He struggled early in the year against lefties, but has turned that around, and now has an .859 OPS against left-handers on the season.

The jump to Altoona will be a good challenge for Bell’s bat. It could also propel him up the prospect ranks. He was rated a top 50 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The jump to Double-A is the most difficult for a hitter, and if he continues this hitting at the higher level, it will lower the risk involved with projecting him to the majors, and raise his stock.

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Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-release-duke-welker-option-jaff-decker-to-triple-a.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-release-duke-welker-option-jaff-decker-to-triple-a.html#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:22:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83749 Duke Welker has been released by Pittsburgh after being DFA’d last week, according to the MLB transactions page. After getting off to a tough start this season, Welker underwent Tommy John surgery last month.

Welker had a 4.91 ERA with 11 walks in 11 innings with Indianapolis this season. Welker posted an ERA under three for back to back seasons in 2011 and 2012 with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2013, Welker struggled a bit with a 3.57 ERA. While he had 65 strikeouts in 63 innings, he also walked 31 hitters and allowed 53 hits.

In addition, Jaff Decker has been optioned to Indianapolis. In five major league at bats, Decker has not picked up a hit and struck out three times.

In 71 games with Indianapolis, Decker has hit .266 with four home runs and 21 doubles, while posting a .785 OPS.

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Francisco Liriano Activated, Matt Hague Optioned Back to Indianapolis http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/francisco-liriano-activated-matt-hague-optioned-back-to-indianapolis.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/francisco-liriano-activated-matt-hague-optioned-back-to-indianapolis.html#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:59:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83656 Starter Francisco Liriano has been activated from the disabled list to start today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Matt Hague back to Indianapolis.

Liriano started on rehab with Indianapolis on Monday and pitched brilliantly. He threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and he struck out eight batters. Ryan Palencer covered the start and had quotes from Liriano afterwards. That can be found here. Vance Worley was moved from the rotation to the bullpen to make room for Liriano.

Matt Hague got into three games for the Pirates, his first action with the team since 2012. He went 0-for-2 at the plate.

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Pirates Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Rafael Perez to Minor League Deal http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-left-handed-pitcher-rafael-perez-to-minor-league-deal.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-sign-left-handed-pitcher-rafael-perez-to-minor-league-deal.html#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:10:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83608 The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league deal and have assigned him to Indianapolis, per an Indianapolis press release.

Perez has a career 3.64 ERA in 329 innings in the majors, with a 7.3 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9. He spent all seven years in the majors with the Cleveland Indians, with his last year being 2012. Perez spent the 2013 season between the Boston and Minnesota farm systems, and has split the 2014 season between the Rangers’ Triple-A squad and the Mexican League. He had a 3.92 ERA in 43.2 innings in the Mexican League, with an 8.7 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9.

Perez has dealt with shoulder issues the last few years, having surgery in late-2012. He was released by the Texas Rangers on April 17th this year after putting up some poor numbers early in the season in Triple-A.

The numbers in the Mexican League give hope that Perez is back to being healthy. This is a no-risk signing, as he’s only taking up a spot on the Triple-A roster if he doesn’t work out. It also has a high reward, since Perez was a solid lefty reliever as recently as two to three years ago. If he is back to his old self, he could be a nice addition to the Pirates’ bullpen down the stretch.

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Pirates Release Yao-Hsun Yang http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-release-yao-hsun-yang.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-release-yao-hsun-yang.html#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:20:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=83542 The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Taiwanese pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang. The 31-year-old lefty had been pitching with the Altoona Curve this season. He joined the team in early June and pitched 11 times in relief, posting a 6.48 ERA over 16.2 innings. Yang has had control issues, allowing 18 walks and his most recent outing(six ER in 1.1 IP) was his worst of the season.

He has pitched in Japan and for Chinese Taipei in two World Baseball Classics. Yang signed with the Pirates in early February and was a Spring Training invite, but spent the first two months of the season in Extended Spring Training.

The Pirates also promoted Orlando Castro to Altoona earlier in the day. He takes the roster spot vacated by Yang.

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