Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Angel Sanchez, Josh Wall DFA
Jul31

Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Right-Handed Pitcher Angel Sanchez, Josh Wall DFA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez from the Chicago White Sox. Originally, Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that the Pirates claimed a shortstop by that name from the White Sox(who is a real player that played for them in 2013), but it turns out that the Pirates have picked up the pitcher by the same name. The pitcher is a 24-year-old righty, who was in AA at the time. He has pitched for four...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Shortstop Trace Tam Sing
Jul26

Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Shortstop Trace Tam Sing

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed shortstop Trace Tam Sing as a non-drafted free agent out of Washington State. In 49 starts this season, he had a .238/.333/.357 slash line, with two homers and no stolen bases. He had a .280/.384/.400 line in 2013. Sing is a strong defensive player and prior to 2013, he was voted the best infield arm in the Pac-12. Sing is a 5’11″, 187 pound righty, who missed most of the 2012 season, so...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst
Jul26

Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst

Over the last two days, Hayden Hurst has been playing as the designated hitter in the GCL. This is significant, as Hurst was drafted as a pitcher and given an over-slot bonus in 2012. He was one of three guys who the Pirates turned to with their over-slot money after Mark Appel turned them down. The Pirates gave Hurst $400,000 as a 17th round pick. He was a power arm who sat 88-92 MPH and could touch 95 at times when drafted. He also...

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Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL
Jul24

Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL

The Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power have announced the following moves over the last day: Altoona **Orlando Castro placed on the DL, retro July 21st, with left shoulder fatigue. Castro was promoted to Altoona in the last month, but has struggled at the new level. This has been standard for him at a new level, and each time he returns the next year to have success in the rotation. Castro was dealing with some dead arm around...

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Starling Marte Placed on Disabled List, Brent Morel Recalled
Jul23

Starling Marte Placed on Disabled List, Brent Morel Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed outfielder Starling Marte on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. They have recalled third baseman Brent Morel to take his roster place. Marte was hit in the head by a pitch on Friday. He sat out Saturday, pinch-hit on Sunday, then played Monday, before sitting out last night’s game. Morel was up with the Pirates earlier in the year, but just for one game. He struck out in his only...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers
Jul18

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Two Minor League Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released two minor league pitchers today, cutting ties with right-handers Jason Townsend and Jorge Mendoza. Townsend is the bigger name here, reaching Altoona and looking like a legit relief prospect for awhile. He was drafted in the 31st round in 2010, and was hitting 97 out of the bullpen with poor control right after the draft. He improved on that control in following years, but didn’t post the...

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