Blaine Boyer Released

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right handed pitcher Blaine Boyer, per the transactions page on the International League web site.  The move was to make room for Wyatt Toregas, who was outrighted to AAA.  Boyer was signed in April, after being released by the New York Mets for putting up a 10.80 ERA in 6.2 innings in the majors.  He didn’t do well in AAA with the Pirates, posting a 13.50 ERA in 8 innings, along with an 8:9...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With 21st Round Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with 21st round pick Alex Fuselier, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Fuselier, a center fielder out of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, is expected to join the State College Spikes. Fuselier’s numbers in college weren’t as impressive as what you typically see, but his school seems to have played in a slightly low-offense environment.  He was the team’s second-best hitter in his junior...

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Pirates Sign 41st Round Pick Jonathan Schwind

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 41st round pick Jonathan Schwind, according to the Democrat and Chronicle (h/t Kristy Robinson).  Schwind was signed for $20,000, plus the Pirates agreed to pay for his senior year of school ($41,000).  The former Marist junior played three infield positions, and two outfield positions, but was drafted as a catcher by the Pirates.  He will report to the GCL Pirates, who start their season on Monday....

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Wyatt Toregas Clears Waivers

Wyatt Toregas, who was waived earlier this week to create space for Michael McKenry, has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to AAA Indianapolis.  Toregas only played in three games for the Pirates, and only started one of those games.  He went 0-for-4 in his only at-bats, after going 1-for-29 in Indianapolis. His return to Indy will likely move Kris Watts back to Altoona, as Toregas will back up Eric Fryer in...

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Pirates Sign Undrafted Free Agent Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed undrafted free agent Robbie Kilcrease, a left handed pitcher from Texas Tech, according to Rob Biertempfel.  The signing was announced yesterday on the Texas Tech official site.  Kilcrease was a redshirt junior, and will report to Bradenton, where he likely will play with the high-A team. Kilcrease had 12 starts for Texas Tech in 2011, the most on the team, with a 5.97 ERA in 63.1 innings, along with...

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Jose Ascanio Clears Waivers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted pitcher Jose Ascanio to Indianapolis after the right hander cleared waivers, David Todd first reported.  Ascanio was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates recalled Tony Watson from AAA, adding a second left hander to the bullpen.  Prior to the move, Ascanio had a 7.11 ERA in 6.1 innings, with a 5:2 K/BB ratio. Ascanio has good stuff, with an upper 90s fastball, and a great slider...

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