Minor Moves: Pirates Sign Hector Luna, Upper Level Promotions

A few minor league transactions this afternoon: **The Pirates have signed Hector Luna as a minor league free agent and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Luna will obviously be there to help Indianapolis in their playoff run after the September callups. Luna has a career .262/.314/.385 line in 794 major league at-bats. He had 62 at-bats in the majors with the Phillies this year, and hit for a .282/.329/.450 line in 220 at-bats for the...

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Winter Leagues 10/24 — Tough Night For Moreno

Just a little winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends on Sunday: VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Aguilas de Zulia  8,  Caribes de Anzoategui  6 A 5-run inning by Los Aguilas was too much for Los Caribes to overcome.  Zulia scored single runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 6th innings.  Former Pirate C Carlos Maldonado contributed a walk in the 6th.  Los Caribes tied the score with single runs in each of the 5th, 7th, and 8th.  Solo homers...

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Winter Leagues 10/21– Scoreless Inning For Wood

Pirates’ players and friend in winter league competition: DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este  6,  Gigantes del Cibao  5 A 2-run homer in the top of the 8th gave Los Toros the come-from-behind win.  Pirate minor leaguer Andy Vasquez came in to pinch run, and he also scored on the home run.  Reliever Tim Wood pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning.  He gave up two singles, and had some help from his center fielder, who threw out...

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Winter Leagues 10/14-15 — Hague Hits, Hernandez Gets Hit

Catching up with the Pirates’ players and friends in the winter leagues: MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE Algodoneros de Guasave  7,  Venados de Mazatlan  4 A 6-run 3rd inning gave Guasave a lead they would not give up on Friday, despite a 3-run 8th by Los Venados.  There were two homers in the 3rd for Guasave and two in the 8th for Mazatlan.  LF Rogelio Noris went 0-for-3 with a walk.  Former Pirate LF Yurendell de Caster singled and...

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The Bradenton Marauders Offense – Is it the park or the players?

As we head into the final week of minor league baseball, the Bradenton Marauders hitters are comfortably leading the Florida State League in both batting average and OPS. They are also leading the league in runs scored and 3rd in homers. What I’m wondering though is if McKechnie Field is assisting in this offensive outburst or if the Marauders just have a great group of talented hitters.

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