Pirates Prospects » Transactions http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 18 May 2014 07:55:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/brandon-cumpton-to-be-the-26th-man-nevin-ashley-could-come-up.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/brandon-cumpton-to-be-the-26th-man-nevin-ashley-could-come-up.html#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 03:18:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=79098 Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan has a few updates tonight on who could be called up for tomorrow’s double-header. First, Zangrilli says that Brandon Cumpton will be the 26th man.

The scheduled starters are Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole, so Cumpton would probably just serve as an extra arm out of the bullpen. He was originally scheduled to be the starter in tomorrow’s game with Indianapolis.

Zangrilli also says that Nevin Ashley is coming up, and that he could be replacing Tony Sanchez, who is presumed injured.

The Pirates can bring up Ashley as a precaution without adding him to the roster. If Sanchez was injured, they’d have Ashley in town, and could add him before the game. If Sanchez is fine, then they don’t need to do anything with Ashley.

Ashley isn’t on the 40-man roster, but the Pirates wouldn’t have a problem clearing a spot for him. Brent Morel hasn’t been hitting, and would be an easy choice to be designated for assignment to clear a roster spot.

Russell Martin expects to be back on Wednesday, and will have a one game suspension to serve. So no matter what happens with Sanchez and Ashley, the starting catcher by Friday should once again be Martin. Ashley does have options remaining, so if he is called up, the Pirates could option him back to Triple-A when he’s no longer needed.

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Pirates Activate Wandy Rodriguez, Option Jaff Decker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-activate-wandy-rodriguez-option-jaff-decker.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-activate-wandy-rodriguez-option-jaff-decker.html#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 14:54:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78903 The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated Wandy Rodriguez off of the 15-day disabled list. To make room, they have optioned Jaff Decker to Triple-A. Rodriguez was expected to b activated today, as he’s the scheduled starter.

The move isn’t a good one for the Pirates. In his two rehab starts,¬†Rodriguez gave up ten earned runs on 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio and three home runs. All of that came at the Double-A level. Prior to his injury, he had a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings in the majors, along with seven homers and a 16:6 K/BB ratio.

I don’t see Rodriguez returning to the old Wandy Rodriguez, as he’s shown no signs of that happening. It seems more likely that he’ll continue to struggle until the Pirates replace him, which is what they should do right now with Brandon Cumpton.

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Zack Dodson Activated From Disabled List, Pitches Tonight http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/zack-dodson-activated-from-disabled-list-pitches-tonight.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/zack-dodson-activated-from-disabled-list-pitches-tonight.html#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 21:25:07 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78785 The Altoona Curve have activated Zack Dodson from the disabled list and he will take his turn on the mound tonight. Dodson was placed on the DL with a left oblique injury, which he suffered while warming up for a start on April 21st. Prior to going on the DL, Dodson made two starts and one relief appearance. In 10.2 innings, he allowed three earned runs on 14 hits and six walks, to go along with six strikeouts. He actually pitched well in his last start despite those numbers, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings.

To make room on the roster, reliever Ryan Beckman has been assigned to the Jamestown roster. Tonight was originally scheduled to be Joely Rodriguez on the mound for Altoona. He will now pitch tomorrow instead.

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Pirates Release Four Minor League Pitchers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-release-four-minor-league-pitchers-2.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-release-four-minor-league-pitchers-2.html#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 14:28:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78725 According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have released four minor league pitchers. Lefty pitcher Marcus Beltrez and right-handers Christian Santiago, Arquimedes Lorenzo and Ramon Rodriguez have all been released recently. All four were in Extended Spring Training.

Lorenzo was said to be raw, but with huge potential when he signed back in 2009, but a PED suspension side-tracked his career and he never fully recovered. He pitched the maximum four years in the Dominican Summer League and was transferred to the States for this Spring.

Christian Santiago got a late start to his career, making his debut when he was twenty-two. He has great size at 6’4″, 232 pounds, but in the GCL last year, the results were just average in relief. He was the only player among this group that pitched in the States.

Ramon Rodriguez is a bit of a surprise in this group, although none were really considered prospects. At 6’4″, 200 pounds, he had nice size and he just turned twenty-one during Spring Training. In 2013, he showed some real improvements, putting up a 2.86 ERA in 14 starts, well below the 5.10 mark he posted during the 2012 season. His strikeout total was low, but the pitchers down in the DSL are taught to pitch to contact to get quick outs.

Beltrez pitched well in the DSL in 2013, but he did it as a 20-year-old reliever, which usually isn’t a good sign. As a lefty, that tends to skew their stats too. Southpaws can usually put up good numbers in the low minors without great stuff, as long as they have command and Beltrez walked very few batters.

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Pirates Sign Second Baseman Nathan Sopena http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-sign-second-baseman-nathan-sopena.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-sign-second-baseman-nathan-sopena.html#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 14:07:21 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78711 The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed second baseman Nathan Sopena, a non-drafted free agent, who attended Eastern Illinois University. The move was announced today on Baseball America, but this apparently went down awhile ago, because a local feature story on Sopena from last August says that he will be playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2014 and he is excited about the opportunity.

Sopena’s college career ended early due to a broken left hand and broken thumb on his right hand. It could be that those injuries delayed his signing. In his abbreviated senior season, he hit .277/.344/.349 in 83 at-bats. As a junior, he hit .207 in 140 at-bats. Prior to that, he spent two years at Heartland Community College. Sopena is a small player at 5’9″, 180 pounds. He turns 23 years old later this week. He should make his debut at either Jamestown or Bristol this year.

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Pirates Recall Jaff Decker, Option Brent Morel http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-recall-jaff-decker-option-brent-morel.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-recall-jaff-decker-option-brent-morel.html#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 20:39:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78645 The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Jaff Decker, and have optioned Brent Morel to Triple-A. The set of moves was expected, as we heard late last night that Decker was heading to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates needed an extra outfielder with the minor injuries to Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is in the lineup tonight, although Marte is out, being replaced by Jose Tabata in left field. Travis Snider is also back in the lineup, after missing the last two games due to his suspension.

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Jaff Decker to Be Promoted to Pittsburgh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/jaff-decker-to-be-promoted-to-pittsburgh.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/jaff-decker-to-be-promoted-to-pittsburgh.html#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 04:56:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78606 Jaff Decker will be promoted to Pittsburgh tomorrow, according to his agent, Tom O’Connell.

Decker was pulled from tonight’s game in Indianapolis early. Starling Marte also left tonight’s game early with a tight lower back. Andrew McCutchen missed tonight’s game with a sore left foot. McCutchen could play tomorrow, and Marte could as well, but the Pirates will need an extra outfielder to avoid tonight’s situation where Gaby Sanchez was playing right field.

Brent Morel will most likely be the guy who goes down. Decker has struggled this season, but has been hot lately. The better choice would probably be Chris Dickerson, but this is a short-term recall, and Dickerson would have to be designated for assignment in about a week if he was called up. Then of course there’s Gregory Polanco, who would be up if the Pirates weren’t holding him back for Super 2 purposes.

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Travis Snider and Russell Martin Suspensions Upheld http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/travis-snider-and-russell-martin-suspensions-upheld.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/travis-snider-and-russell-martin-suspensions-upheld.html#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 19:29:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78495 The suspensions for Travis Snider and Russell Martin have been upheld by Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates have announced. Both players received suspensions for their involvement in a brawl against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 20th.

Snider’s suspension was for two games, and begins tonight. Martin’s suspension was for one game, and will take place when he returns from the disabled list.

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Pirates Add Brent Morel to the Active Roster http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-add-brent-morel-to-the-active-roster.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/pirates-add-brent-morel-to-the-active-roster.html#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 17:49:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78487 The Pittsburgh Pirates have added infielder Brent Morel to the active roster, replacing Phil Irwin, who was optioned yesterday.

The move to add Morel is a surprise, since he’s done nothing in Triple-A to deserve a promotion. He currently has a .215/.279/.312 line in 93 at-bats with Indianapolis. He also hasn’t been hot in his last ten games, with a .333 OPS in 37 at-bats. It’s not like this could be chalked up to a small sample size, as he had a .751 OPS in Triple-A last year, and a career .609 OPS in 669 plate appearances in the majors.

Andrew Lambo would have been the obvious choice for the promotion, but he’s currently on the disabled list. He’s eligible to come off the DL early next week, and if he’s healthy enough to come off the DL and come up to the majors, then the addition of Morel would only be for three games. If that’s the case, then it would explain why Chris Dickerson didn’t get the promotion, since Dickerson would have had to be added to the 40-man roster, and doesn’t have options remaining to go back down once Lambo arrives.

The player who would have been more deserving right now is Jaff Decker. He doesn’t have a great season line, with a .696 OPS, but he has been hot lately, with a 1.026 OPS in 30 at-bats over his last ten games. He also has done well against right-handers, with an .830 OPS on the season, compared to a .409 OPS against lefties.

The Morel move might only be for three days, but Decker would have been the better option for those three days.

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Minor Moves: Harold Ramirez Returns to West Virginia, Matt Curry to Altoona http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/minor-moves-harold-ramirez-returns-to-west-virginia-matt-curry-to-altoona.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/minor-moves-harold-ramirez-returns-to-west-virginia-matt-curry-to-altoona.html#comments Thu, 08 May 2014 19:32:10 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78434 Outfielder Harold Ramirez returns to the West Virginia Power today. He went on the disabled list back on April 7th with a hamstring injury. Ramirez is ranked tenth among all prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The injury occurred as he ran down the first base line on a ground ball. At that point, he had played just four games. Barrett Barnes also injured his hamstring running down the line in that same inning and he has yet to return to action.

Ramirez will take the roster spot of Mike Fransoso, who was transferred to the Jamestown roster. He hit .215 in 22 games, with a .628 OPS.

In other news, first baseman Matt Curry returned from the disabled list and he was transferred from the Indianapolis roster to Altoona. ¬†Curry hasn’t played since a three game rehab stint in early July last year in the Gulf Coast League. He played in only 29 games all of last season. He has dealt with an assortment of injuries, including hamate surgery last year.

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