Pirates Activate A.J. Burnett; Option Ryan Reid to Indianapolis
Jul07

Pirates Activate A.J. Burnett; Option Ryan Reid to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated right-handed pitcher A.J. Burnett from the disabled list and have optioned Ryan Reid to make room. Burnett will make the start today in Chicago after missing the last month with a leg injury. It’s good for the Pirates to have Burnett back in the rotation, as it adds some depth. Jeanmar Gomez has already been bumped from the rotation to the bullpen. I’m sure this will begin the...

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2013 15th Round Pick Max Rossiter Retires After One Game
Jul07

2013 15th Round Pick Max Rossiter Retires After One Game

The Pirates drafted Max Rossiter last year in the 32nd round, but he decided not to sign and went back to Arizona State for his senior year. They took him again this year in the 15th round, and this time they signed him. Rossiter went to Jamestown, where he went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs in his debut on June 19th. That was his only game as a pro. He’s currently listed on the Voluntarily Retired List. From what I’ve...

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Pirates Sign Seven More International Players
Jul04

Pirates Sign Seven More International Players

After we heard about the two high profile signings from yesterday, shortstop Adrian Valerio and outfielder Edinson Lantigua, the Pirates also announced the signings of seven more players today. These players are all slightly older players, eligible to sign prior to this July 2nd signing period. They are shortstop Luis Perez, second baseman Raul Siri, lefty pitcher Christian Mota and right-handers Ramon Garcia, Junior Lopez, Julian...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Three More Minor Leaguers
Jul04

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Three More Minor Leaguers

I posted some of the minor league moves earlier this morning, but there have been more moves and a few more players released in the lower levels of the system this afternoon. Here are the latest moves: **Chris Lashmet was released. Lashmet had a .198/.295/.274 line in 106 at-bats this year for the Marauders. He’s a big guy at 6′ 4″, 230 pounds, but never used that size to hit for power, with a career .307 slugging...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL
Jul04

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL

Catching up on all of the minor league transactions from the last few days. **Jerry Sands and Matt Curry are both on rehab assignments with the GCL Pirates. **Eric Avila has been released by the Pirates. The third baseman was hitting for a .234/.259/.414 line in 111 at-bats this year. He was doing well in the month of June, with a .339/.383/.554 line in 56 at-bats. However, he was mostly crushing lefties, with a .548 OPS against...

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Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio
Jul04

Pirates Sign Dominican Shortstop Adrian Valerio

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Dominican shortstop Adrian Valerio on a $400,000 bonus. He is the second big International signing from today, with outfielder Edinson Lantigua being announced earlier. Valerio is a 16-year-old switch-hitter, who like Lantigua, played in the Dominican Prospect League. According to Ben Badler at Baseball America(subscription required), Valerio has smooth actions in the field and a good...

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