Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right-handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team’s farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates’ first signees out of Australia, spent one year in the Gulf Coast League and two with State College in the New York-Penn League, going...

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Pirates Sign Logan Kensing, Make Jo-Jo Reyes Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right handed pitcher Logan Kensing, and have made the signing of left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes official, per a team press release. Both pitchers were signed to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training. We heard about the Reyes deal yesterday from Jenifer Langosch. Kensing, 29, spent the 2011 season with the Yankees’ AAA affiliate after missing the 2010 season recovering from elbow...

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Pirates Sign Jo-Jo Reyes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. We heard the Pirates were interested in Reyes back in December. Reyes is 27 yeas old has a career 6.05 ERA in 334.2 innings in the majors, with a 5.8 K/9, a 3.9 BB/9, and a 1.5 HR/9 ratio. He’s a good flier to take on a minor league deal. He was once a highly regarded prospect in Atlanta’s...

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Greg Picart and the Value of Organizational Players

We spend a lot of time talking about the top young prospects in the organization, and for good reason. The main purpose of a farm system is to produce talent for the big league team. Minor signings don’t usually get a lot of attention due to the fact that they probably won’t yield help in the future for big league players. Lost in all of that is the importance that organizational players can play to the system. The...

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Pirates Agree to Terms with Anderson Hernandez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with infielder Anderson Hernandez, per a team press release. Hernandez, a switch hitter, has 643 career at-bats in the majors, with a .241/.300/.314 line. He spent the 2011 season with Houston’s AAA affiliate, hitting for a .300/.366/.400 line in 510 at-bats. Hernandez has spent most of his career at shortstop, but also has played second, third, and three games in left field. In the...

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Pirates Sign Jeff Clement, Ryota Igarashi

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman Jeff Clement and right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi to minor league deals, per a team press release. Both players will receive invites to Spring Training. We heard about Igarashi at the end of last week. The right hander has struggled in his Major League career since coming over from Japan in 2010. Last year he had a 4.66 ERA in 38.2 innings with the Mets, along with a 9.8 K/9 and a...

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