• Pirates Release Three Minor Leaguers

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America's latest transactions update. The three players were right-hander Eliecer Cardenas, infielder Greg Picart, and outfielder Anthony Norman. The most notable was Cardenas. He was acquired as the player to be named later in the Matt Diaz trade last year....

  • Daniel McCutchen Activated, Optioned to AAA

    Right-handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, per a team press release. The right-hander has been pitching out of Indianapolis on a rehab assignment. He suffered an oblique injury while taking batting practice back in May.... This content is for Pirates Prospects...

  • Matt Benedict Promoted to Bradenton

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Matt Benedict to Bradenton. The right-hander put up a 3.42 ERA in 76.1 innings in the West Virginia rotation this year, and should take the rotation spot vacated by Gerrit Cole in high-A. Benedict was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 draft out...

  • Wes Freeman Retires

    Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Wes Freeman has announced his retirement, per a West Virginia press release. Freeman started the year in Bradenton, but was demoted to West Virginia after putting up a .147/.201/.227 line in 150 at-bats in high-A. Freeman was taken in the 16th round of the 2008 draft, and was...

  • Minor League Moves: Cole Officially Promoted, Curry Activated

    A few minor league moves this afternoon. **The Pirates officially promoted right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to Altoona today, in time for his debut tonight. They also activated Matt Curry off the disabled list. Curry has been out with a hamstring injury. **To make room on the Altoona roster, Elevys Gonzalez was transferred...

  • Pirates Officially Announce Three Deals; Create More Bonus Pool Flexibility

    The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced three signings today, making fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, ninth round pick D.J. Crumlich, and 11th round pick Chris Diaz official. We already knew all three players had agreed to deals. Baseball America updates us with the bonus information. Sampson received $250,000. That's a small savings versus...

  • Pirates Sign Fifth Round Pick Adrian Sampson

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed fifth round pick Adrian Sampson, according to Sosnick Cobbe Sports (h/t to Charlie). No word yet on the bonus amount. The slot for Sampson is $252,100. Sampson pitched in the JuCo ranks after having Tommy John surgery during his senior year of high school. He had a commitment to...

  • Hunter Strickland Promoted to Double-A

    Right-handed pitcher Hunter Strickland was promoted from High-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona today. The 24-year-old appeared in nine games (10 starts) where he posted a 2.98 ERA. Strickland struck out 25 batters over 45.1 innings with the Marauders in 2012. Strickland missed the second half of 2010 and the entire 2011 season...

  • Pirates Promote Gerrit Cole to Double-A

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to Altoona, per the team Twitter account. Cole is coming off a five shutout inning performance last night, where he struck out seven, and allowed two walks and three hits. The right-hander was hitting 101 with his fastball, and 92 MPH with his...

  • Pirates Make Jon Sandfort Signing Official

    Last Friday we heard that Pittsburgh Pirates' third round pick Jon Sandfort was going to sign this week. Today the Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced the move in a press release. Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that Sandfort agreed to a $462,900 bonus, which is the full slot value for the third...

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