Morning Report: Former First Baseman Turns His Season Around on the Mound
Aug27

Morning Report: Former First Baseman Turns His Season Around on the Mound

When Jared Lakind was taken in the 23rd round in 2010, the Pittsburgh Pirates gave him a $400,000 bonus to sign. He had thrown 90 MPH from the left side in high school, but the Pirates put him at first base. They gave him three years to try to develop at the plate with no success. In 2013, Lakind came back as a reliever and pitched for Jamestown, where he threw 23.2 innings over 17 appearances. The stats were okay when you factor in...

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Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL
Jul24

Minor Moves: Orlando Castro Placed on the Altoona DL

The Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power have announced the following moves over the last day: Altoona **Orlando Castro placed on the DL, retro July 21st, with left shoulder fatigue. Castro was promoted to Altoona in the last month, but has struggled at the new level. This has been standard for him at a new level, and each time he returns the next year to have success in the rotation. Castro was dealing with some dead arm around...

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Minor Moves: Jake Brigham Returns, Carlos Paulino on Rehab
Jun20

Minor Moves: Jake Brigham Returns, Carlos Paulino on Rehab

A few minor league moves from the last two days. On Friday, the Indianapolis Indians activated starting pitcher Jake Brigham from the disabled list. Brigham will make the start tonight, his first since June 3rd. He has a 3.32 ERA over 62.1 innings this season and is holding batters to a .231 BAA. Catcher Carlos Paulino is on rehab assignment with the GCL Pirates today. He caught one inning in the GCL opener this afternoon. Paulino...

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Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL
Jun25

Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL

Two injury updates to note over the last two days: **Altoona placed Mel Rojas on the disabled list with a left oblique injury yesterday. That’s unfortunate, as Rojas has been finally performing well. Since the second week of May he was hitting for a .304/.366/.459 line in 135 at-bats. In the past Rojas would go on short hot streaks, but they would never last more than a few days, while his cold streaks lasted weeks. I spoke with...

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2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Preview
Jun17

2013 Jamestown Jammers Season Preview

The 2013 Jamestown Jammers season begins today. Some of you may be wondering “Who are the Jamestown Jammers?” The Pirates used to have their short-season A-ball affiliate in State College. The contract with the Spikes ended last year, and the Spikes opted to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Thus the Pirates moved their short-season A-ball team to Jamestown. Everything is the same as it was with State College, except for...

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