Jeanmar Gomez Activated From the DL; Duke Welker Optioned
Jun26

Jeanmar Gomez Activated From the DL; Duke Welker Optioned

The Pirates have activated Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list and have optioned Duke Welker to Triple-A. We knew Gomez was going to be activated today, as he was scheduled to start against the Mariners and Felix Hernandez. Welker being optioned isn’t a big surprise. He was the last guy added to the bullpen, and it would have been him or Ryan Reid. Reid will eventually go down when one of Wandy Rodriguez or A.J. Burnett...

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Minor Moves: Tabata Begins Rehab Assignment; Ali Solis to Indianapolis
Jun21

Minor Moves: Tabata Begins Rehab Assignment; Ali Solis to Indianapolis

Along with the promotion of Tony Sanchez to the majors, the Pittsburgh Pirates have also promoted catcher Ali Solis to Indianapolis. Solis is a strong defensive catcher who the Pirates claimed off waivers from San Diego over the off-season, then outrighted to Triple-A. He’s been out for most of the year with back problems. The Pirates have also sent Jose Tabata to Indianapolis to start a rehab assignment. That’s a good...

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Pirates Sign Neil Kozikowski to Over-Slot Deal
Jun21

Pirates Sign Neil Kozikowski to Over-Slot Deal

UPDATE FRIDAY 6:31 PM: The Pirates have officially announced the deal, as expected. They also made the signing of 22nd round pick Henry Hirsch official, which we reported earlier today. MONDAY: The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to an over-slot deal with eighth round pick Neil Kozikowski, Pirates Prospects has learned from a source with knowledge of the discussions. The deal is for $425,000, which is over the $155,400 slot price for...

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Pirates Sign 22nd Round Pick Henry Hirsch
Jun21

Pirates Sign 22nd Round Pick Henry Hirsch

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Henry Hirsch, their 22nd round draft pick from the 2013 draft. He has been assigned to the Gulf Coast League roster. Hirsch pitched for the University of New Haven this season, making eight starts and three relief appearances.  He went 4-3, 3.81 in 59 innings, with 60 strikeouts, a 1.44 WHIP and a .283 BAA. Hirsch is the 18th player to sign with the Pirates from this year’s...

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Pirates Call Up Tony Sanchez, Demote Brandon Cumpton
Jun21

Pirates Call Up Tony Sanchez, Demote Brandon Cumpton

Catcher Tony Sanchez has been activated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, as first reported by Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan. Sanchez had previously traveled to New York in May on the Pirates’ taxi squad in case Russell Martin needed to go on the disabled list, but he never officially joined the roster. This season, Sanchez is hitting .306 with a .956 OPS for Triple-A Indianapolis, with Sanchez’s OPS good for 5th overall in the...

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Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled
Jun20

Alex Presley Optioned to Triple-A, Duke Welker Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned outfielder Alex Presley to Triple-A and have recalled right-handed reliever Duke Welker, according to Travis Sawchik. Pirates have optioned Alex Presley, calling up Duke Welker — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) June 20, 2013 The move was probably made to give the bullpen an extra arm after last night’s extra innings game, and with rookie Brandon Cumpton on the mound today. Welker was...

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