Pirates Promote Gerrit Cole to Double-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to Altoona, per the team Twitter account. Cole is coming off a five shutout inning performance last night, where he struck out seven, and allowed two walks and three hits. The right-hander was hitting 101 with his fastball, and 92 MPH with his slider. On the season, Cole has a 2.55 ERA in 67 innings, with a 69:21 K/BB ratio. He will make his Double-A debut on...

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Pirates Make Jon Sandfort Signing Official

Last Friday we heard that Pittsburgh Pirates’ third round pick Jon Sandfort was going to sign this week. Today the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced the move in a press release. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that Sandfort agreed to a $462,900 bonus, which is the full slot value for the third round pick. The signing is similar to second round pick Wyatt Mathisen. Sandfort is a top talent who probably would have...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Barrett Barnes

UPDATE 2:45 PM: Barnes received $1 M, according to Lacefield. That’s $136,400 under slot for the 45th overall pick. The Pirates now have $225,200 to spend on over-slot picks. 2:42 PM: The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with compensation round pick Barrett Barnes, according to Scott Lacefield, Associate Director of Texas Tech Baseball and Football. Barnes, a center fielder with power, was taken with the 45th overall pick...

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Maggi and Chambers Promoted to Altoona, Plus Other Moves

UPDATE 2:34 PM: West Virginia announces some moves to complete the process. Francisco Aponte is transferred to State College. Eric Avila, Taylor Lewis, and Ashley Ponce are all added to the West Virginia roster. UPDATE 2:16 PM: More roster moves. To create room in Altoona, Anthony Norman and Greg Picart have been assigned to State College. Miguel Perez has been placed on the Altoona disabled list. Also, Wes Freeman has been...

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Pirates Agree to Terms with 11th Round Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to terms with 11th round pick Christopher Diaz, Pirates Prospects has learned. The shortstop out of North Carolina State hit for a .356/.394/.482 line in 253 at-bats this year as a Junior. No word yet on the amount Diaz signed for.

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Pirates Announce Signings of Eight from Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced signings of eight players from the 2012 draft on Wednesday afternoon. Those players include:   6th round pick Eric Wood, an infielder out of Blinn (TX) College will report to GCL Pirates. Wood hit .326 with 13 doubles, five home runs and 44 RBI this year. 7th round pick Jake Stallings, a catcher out of the University of North Carolina will report to State College. Stallings hit  .297 (62-for-209)...

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