A.J. Burnett Placed on 15-Day DL, Contreras Released, Morton Activated

The Pirates have released Jose Contreras, placed A.J. Burnett on the 15-day disabled list and activated Charlie Morton, all moves on right-handed pitchers to allow Morton to start Thursday night. Burnett has a right calf strain that he told the team about Wednesday and is on the DL retroactive to June 9. Contreras has been on the disabled list since May 28 with lower back inflammation. His release opens up a 40-man roster spot for...

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Gregory Polanco Promoted to Altoona

According to Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus, Gregory Polanco is being promoted to Altoona. Already a no doubt top 25 prospect in the game, #Pirates OF Gregory Polanco on his way to AA. #want — Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) June 13, 2013 Polanco has been having a great season, hitting for a .312/.364/.472 line in 218 at-bats, with 17 doubles and six homers. The offensive numbers are even more impressive when you consider that...

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Pirates to Sign 4th Round Pick Cody Dickson

Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates will sign fourth round pick Cody Dickson. #Pirates will sign 4th-rder Cody Dickson for $375k today. Sam Houston State LHP VG when on: 90-95, plus curve, avg changeup. #mlbdraft — Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 13, 2013 The $375 K is under the $429,200 slot price for the fourth round, leaving the Pirates with some extra money for a later round pick. Dickson is a...

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Pirates Sign 25th Round Pick Justin Maffei

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 25th round pick Justin Maffei, according to Maffei on Twitter. Officially a pirate! #BUCN — Justin Maffei (@J__Maffei) June 12, 2013 Maffei is a center fielder from the University of San Francisco. He had a .292/.362/.399 line in 253 at-bats this year, with five homers. He had good speed, and was effective on the bases with 76 stolen bases in his four years in college. He will likely play with...

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Pirates Sign 9th Round Pick Chad Kuhl, 19th Round Pick Brett McKinney

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 9th round pick Chad Kuhl, and 19th round pick Brett McKinney, Pirates Prospects has learned. Both will be heading to Jamestown. Kuhl is a 6′ 3″, 215 pound right-hander. He relies mainly on a low-90s sinker, which he uses to get groundballs.  He also throws a curve and a change, but his secondary pitches are fringy.  Baseball America ranked him the best prospect in the 2012 Valley League...

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Draft Signing Notes: Landecker, Topa, Arbet

Yesterday I mentioned that five draft picks will be going to Bradenton this week to sign deals with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today I learned that about a dozen players have already agreed to sign, with most officially signing tomorrow. Here are a few more names who will be joining the list. **17th round pick Justin Topa will be signing tomorrow. Topa is a college senior from Long Island University. He’s a right-hander who throws...

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