8/10 Transactions: Aaron Thompson, Dan Gamache

Two minor league transactions today: -Aaron Thompson has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis.  The left hander, who was a first round pick in 2006 by the Florida Marlins, was claimed off of waivers over the off-season by the Washington Nationals.  In 83.2 innings this year in Altoona he put up a 5.16 ERA, along with a 5.5 K/9 and a 2.2 BB/9 ratio. -Dan Gamache, the 2011 6th round pick, has been promoted from the GCL to State...

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Pirates Sign Dan Gamache

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 6th round pick Dan Gamache for $125,000, according to Baseball America.  Gamache was a third baseman out of Auburn, hitting for a .299/.414/.464 line in 194 at-bats in 2011.  He hits to all fields, but doesn’t have much power.  A lot of his value comes on defense, with good range and a strong arm.  Gamache will likely play for the State College Spikes this year, who begin their season on...

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Recap

Links to Previous Draft Coverage: Day One: Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats 2011 Draft Pick Player Pages 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker Thanks to MLB’s misbegotten efforts to control draft bonuses, August 15 has become nearly as important an event as the draft itself. That’s the deadline for signing draft picks, with the exception of...

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Rounds 6-10: Pirates Take Three Prep Pitchers

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued a familiar strategy in rounds six through ten, selecting three prep pitchers out of their five picks.  They started out by taking third baseman Daniel Gamache out of Auburn in the sixth round.  In the seventh through ninth rounds they took prep right handers Jake Burnette, Jason Creasy, and Clay Holmes respectively.  Holmes was rated the 140th best prospect in Baseball America’s top 200 rankings....

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