Pirates release Jimmy Barthmaier

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released right handed pitcher Jimmy Barthmaier, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Barthmaier had been pitching in AA this season, returning from Tommy John surgery. In his career at AAA prior to the injury, Barthmaier had put up a 3.53 ERA in 79 innings over 17 starts, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio.  In his time with AA this year, Barthmaier really struggled.  He pitched just three...

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May Prospects Rundown: Altoona Curve

Altoona ranks at the top of the Eastern League standings, although the team didn’t look too promising in the month of May.  Outside of Alex Presley, the hitting has been disappointing, especially from top prospects like Gorkys Hernandez and Chase d’Arnaud.  The bright side has been the pitching, with Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson stepping up in the rotation, and Daniel Moskos excelling in the bullpen. Here is a...

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Leftover Ronald Uviedo Videos

I’ve seen Ronald Uviedo pitch live twice this year, and I was holding on to the videos in anticipation of seeing him again, or in the event that he would be promoted to AAA.  With today’s trade of Uviedo to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dana Eveland, I figured it’s now or never with the videos. There are two innings here.  The first inning was on April 13th against Richmond, in Altoona.  Uviedo faced four...

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Diego Moreno promoted to Altoona

UPDATE 3:14 PM: Just noticed a few more roster moves through the system: -Melkin Laureano has been moved from West Virginia to Bradenton, presumably to take Moreno’s spot. Laureano had a 2.83 ERA in 35 innings between West Virginia’s rotation and bullpen this year, with a 7.5 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9. -Phillip Irwin was taken off the 7-day disabled list for West Virginia.  Irwin had a 1.80 ERA, a 7.8 K/9, and a 3.6 BB/9 in...

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Weekend Notes: Bryan Morris, Brian Bass, Starling Marte

Some notes from the weekend… -The big news was that the Pirates finally promoted Bryan Morris to Altoona.  In eight starts this season, Morris put up a 0.60 ERA in 44.2 innings, with an 8.1 K/9 a 5.7 K/BB, and no homers allowed.  Morris didn’t allow an earned run in his last 33 innings in Bradenton. According to Rob Biertempfel, Neal Huntington said Morris could be in AAA by August.  My guess is that Morris...

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