Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar
Aug14

Pirates Sign Colombian Pitcher Luis Escobar

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed 17-year-old, right-handed pitcher Luis Escobar out of Colombia. He stands 6′ 0″, 175 pounds and was born on May 30, 1996. Escobar has been on their radar for a while now and recently showed strong improvements in his fastball velocity, leading the team to sign him. Due to his age, he was eligible to sign since last July 2nd, but the recent strong progress he has shown, makes him one of the...

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Pirates Officially Call up Andrew Lambo, Option Alex Presley
Aug13

Pirates Officially Call up Andrew Lambo, Option Alex Presley

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially called up Andrew Lambo, and have optioned Alex Presley to Triple-A. The Pirates had to add Lambo to the 40-man roster, although no corresponding move was needed since there was an open spot. Moving Presley down made sense, as the Pirates can’t carry two bench outfielders with their current first base platoon. They also don’t need two bench outfielders since Garrett Jones and Josh...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Kelly Shoppach
Aug12

Pirates Agree to Terms With Kelly Shoppach

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Kelly Shoppach on a minor league deal, and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Shoppach has spent time this year with Seattle and Washington, before being released on July 31st by the Nationals. He hit for a .196/.293/.346 line in 107 at-bats with Seattle in the majors, which is well below the .782-.865 OPS at the height of his career, or even his career .726 OPS. The Pirates have needed...

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Pirates to Call Up Andrew Lambo
Aug12

Pirates to Call Up Andrew Lambo

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Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Jeremias Portorreal
Aug09

Pirates Sign Dominican Outfielder Jeremias Portorreal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Dominican outfielder Jeremias Portorreal out of the Dominican Prospect League, Pirates Prospects has learned. Portorreal was linked to the Pirates early in the international signing period, but couldn’t sign until he turned 16 this Wednesday. He ended up signing for $375,000. Portorreal is a 6′ 2″, 180 pound left-handed hitter. Baseball America described his best tool as his bat,...

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Zack Dodson Promoted to Altoona
Aug06

Zack Dodson Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted left-handed pitcher Zack Dodson to Double-A. Dodson will make his debut with Altoona tonight. He had a 5.05 ERA in 87.1 innings in high-A, with a 39:31 K/BB ratio. Dodson got off to a great start at the level this year, with a 3.04 ERA and a 16:6 K/BB ratio in 23.2 innings over his first four starts. He struggled during the middle of the season with a 13:20 K/BB ratio in 41.1 innings from late May...

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