Russ Canzler Outrighted to Triple-A
Aug30

Russ Canzler Outrighted to Triple-A

The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted infielder Russ Canzler to Triple-A, per MLBTR. Canzler was placed on waivers earlier in the week to clear 40-man space for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. He was originally acquired via trade over the summer from the Orioles in exchange for Tim Alderson. Canzler has a history of hitting lefties, and he could be an option off the bench in September. However, now that he’s off the 40-man, he...

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Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows Promoted to Jamestown
Aug30

Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows Promoted to Jamestown

The GCL Pirates lost today in a one game playoff, ending their season. After the game, first round picks Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire were promoted to Jamestown, per their Twitter accounts. Neither move is a surprise, since the GCL seasons are over, and Jamestown could be heading to the playoffs. At the very least, both players should get a week at the new level, since Jamestown plays until the fourth. The Jammers currently have a...

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Casey Sadler Promoted to Indianapolis
Aug30

Casey Sadler Promoted to Indianapolis

  According to the Altoona Mirror, right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler has been promoted to Indianapolis. Sadler had a 3.31 ERA in 130.1 innings with Altoona this year, along with a 67:42 K/BB ratio. The sinkerball pitcher didn’t strike out a lot of batters, but put up a strong 1.74 GO/AO ratio. Indianapolis is about to be raided for their starters, with guys like Brandon Cumpton, Kris Johnson, and Stolmy Pimentel expected to...

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Vic Black Is Officially the PTBNL in the Mets Deal
Aug29

Vic Black Is Officially the PTBNL in the Mets Deal

Ken Rosenthal reports that Vic Black is a strong possibility to be the PTBNL in the deal for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. Sources: Triple A right-hander Vic Black, a reliever, is a strong possibility as the PTBN that the #Pirates are sending to the #Mets. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 28, 2013 Last night in my First Pitch column I wrote about how I had heard an unconfirmed name who was ranked lower than Herrera. That...

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Jeff Locke Optioned to Double-A Altoona
Aug28

Jeff Locke Optioned to Double-A Altoona

As a part of the moves made to clear space for the arrivals of Marlon Byrd and John Buck, Jeff Locke has been optioned to Double-A Altoona, joining Tony Sanchez. The move to option the players allows the Pirates to have them back on the major-league roster next Tuesday as the organization anticipates the Curve’s season ending Monday. Neal Huntington: “This move allows us to give Jeff a short break. It also allows a Tony...

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Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted
Aug28

Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A and have promoted Carlos Paulino from Altoona to Indianapolis. Obviously there wasn’t any need in the majors for Shoppach with the recent addition of John Buck. The reason they acquired him was to give him a shot as the third catcher. With Shoppach gone, Paulino takes over as one of the catchers in Triple-A. He should stay there through the end of the...

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