Prospect Watch: Pirates Farm System Combines For 15 Home Runs On the Day

Top Pitcher: Robby Rowland, Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, HR: Brett Carroll, Jared Goedert, Tony Sanchez, Jerry Sands, Ivan De Jesus, Chase d’Arnaud, Andrew Lambo, Jarek Cunningham (2), Alex Dickerson (2), Jacob Stallings, Chris Lashmet, Stetson Allie, Max Moroff

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Pirates Recall Presley, Option Harrison, Reinstate and Option D’Arnaud

The Pittsburgh Pirates made three roster moves this afternoon: **They recalled Alex Presley from Triple-A Indianapolis. **To make room for Presley, they’ve optioned Josh Harrison to Indianapolis. **Chase d’Arnaud has been recalled from his rehab assignment, reinstated from the DL, and optioned to Indianapolis. D’Arnaud was on the 60-day disabled list, and didn’t previously count toward the 40-man roster. That...

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Pirates Notebook: Andrew McCutchen Scratched From Lineup

What a two months it has been for Starling Marte. The Pirates left fielder has evolved from a potential-packed-but-raw leadoff hitter to a possible All-Star. Marte was set to have a day off before the team’s scheduled off-day Monday, but Andrew McCutchen is a late scratch due to right knee soreness, so Marte will instead play center field. Let’s look at what Marte has done this season: He is making contact on more pitches,...

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Pirates Notebook: Burnett Takes Mound As NL Strikeout Leader

A.J. Burnett will start Saturday night with the most strikeouts (72) in the National League and 25,000 bobbleheads with his face in the PNC Park stands. While he trails MLB leader Yu Darvish (86 strikeouts), Burnett faces a Houston offense that has struck out the most times in baseball this season. Burnett’s strikeout rate has jumped to a career-best 31.6%, but manager Clint Hurdle wants to make sure his staff ace is not only...

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Chase d’Arnaud Heading to Altoona For the Next Step of Rehab; Thumb Feeling Good

Chase d’Arnaud spent the last two days with the Bradenton Marauders, starting his rehab from a thumb injury in Spring Training. D’Arnaud torn the ligament in his thumb back in March, and underwent surgery in the middle of the month. At the time it was recommended that he have surgery to make sure everything was put back in place. “It’s a good thing that [the surgery] happened, because it ended up being...

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