Minor Moves: Urena Promoted to West Virginia, Beckman to Altoona
Jul17

Minor Moves: Urena Promoted to West Virginia, Beckman to Altoona

Here are a few moves from the last day in the minors. **Luis Urena has been promoted to West Virginia from the GCL. I have an irrational prospect love for Urena. He’s a big outfielder who looks like a major leaguer, and has a lot of power potential in his bat. He goes on stretches where he crushes the ball, but then has other stretches where he looks foolish against good outside breaking balls. So far this year he has a...

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Minor Moves: Pirates Release Three More Minor Leaguers
Jul04

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Three More Minor Leaguers

I posted some of the minor league moves earlier this morning, but there have been more moves and a few more players released in the lower levels of the system this afternoon. Here are the latest moves: **Chris Lashmet was released. Lashmet had a .198/.295/.274 line in 106 at-bats this year for the Marauders. He’s a big guy at 6′ 4″, 230 pounds, but never used that size to hit for power, with a career .307 slugging...

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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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Pirates Sign Jimmy Rider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 26th round pick Jimmy Rider, per a team press release. Rider, a senior from Kent State, didn’t sign initially due to his team playing in the College World Series. He was drafted as a second baseman, and will likely go to State College. In his senior year at Kent State, Rider hit for a .361/.434/.532 line in 252 at-bats.

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Draft Day Three Recap: Prep Players, Pittsburgh Kids, and Tommy John

The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft concluded today with rounds 16-40. Day one is the best chance to see a potential star being drafted, with a lot of top talent going in the first and compensation rounds. You see some interesting players taken on day two, and some of those guys could go on to be impact players, or just starters in the majors. Things are different on day three, especially now that spending has been restricted. Day...

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