Cesar Lopez, Alen Hanson Promoted to State College

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Cesar Lopez and infielder Alen Hanson to the State College Spikes from the GCL Pirates.  Earlier today we heard that Lopez and Hanson were two of eight players who have joined State College from the GCL level.  The other six players, including 2011 second round pick Josh Bell, are only with the team working out and taking in the pro...

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Matt Diaz Traded to Atlanta for PTBNL

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded outfielder Matt Diaz to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later, according to a team press release.  Diaz played for the Braves from 2006-2010, before signing a two year, $4 M deal with the Pirates.  No word yet on the contract terms, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves will receive cash from the Pirates.  Diaz is owed about $317 K for the...

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John Bowker Traded to Phillies

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded John Bowker to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly.  No word on the return, or if there is a return at all.  The Phillies are expected to add Bowker to the 25-man roster.  Since he was not on the 40-man roster, he didn’t have to go through waivers to be traded. He was originally acquired in 2010 along with Joe Martinez in exchange for Javier Lopez.  After hitting...

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Pirates Release Justin Bencsko

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released outfielder Justin Bencsko.  Bencsko was a 20th round pick last year, taken as a college senior.  The outfielder was a one tool talent, with speed being that tool.  He was one of the fastest players in the system, but struggled at the plate this year in State College and West Virginia.

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Wes Freeman Promoted to West Virginia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted outfielder Wes Freeman from State College to West Virginia.  Freeman, one of two Spikes to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, improved his average from .169 on July 17 to .304 at the conclusion of tonight’s game. The outfielder is also leading the Spikes with six home runs and 25 runs batted in. Freeman has a .304/.338/.492 line in 191 at-bats this year in State College.  He...

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Pirates Recall Alex Presley, Chase d’Arnaud

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d’Arnaud from the 15-day disabled list, and have recalled each player from AAA Indianapolis.  To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates have optioned Pedro Ciriaco and Aaron Thompson to AAA. The move is expected, as we heard last night that Presley and d’Arnaud had been removed from the lineup, and signs pointed to them being recalled...

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