Minor League Moves: Castro, Rodriguez

Two minor league transactions this morning: -Orlando Castro has been promoted from the GCL Pirates to the State College Spikes.  Castro was dominating the GCL, putting up a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.  He also pitched three shutout innings in West Virginia earlier this year.  I profiled him earlier this week.  Fraylin Campos has been transferred to the GCL Pirates. -Josh Rodriguez has been promoted from Altoona to...

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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Hitters

The second in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Hitter prospects in the full-season leagues.

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Daily Prospect Profile: Jordy Mercer

When Jordy Mercer was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was described as an offensive minded shortstop.  Mercer is 6′ 3″, 191 pounds, and is a tall lean shortstop, although he has the defensive skills to stick at the position.  While he can play the position, ultimately his value lies with his bat, especially his power. That power has existed throughout his career with doubles.  He...

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Jordy Mercer Promoted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted shortstop Jordy Mercer to Indianapolis, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror.  Mercer was hitting for a .268/.329/.487 line with Altoona, along with a career high 13 homers.  His numbers were low, thanks to a .154/.233/.346 line in the month of April.  He rebounded from that with a .318/.372/.486 line in 107 at-bats in the month of May, and had a strong month of June, with a .313/.363/.625...

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Two Promotions the Pirates Need to Make

The offense for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year has been, no pun intended, hit or miss.  The Pirates have scored one or fewer runs in six of their last ten games.  Not surprisingly, their record in those games has been 1-5, including two straight 5-1 losses to Cleveland.  The pitching has been great this year, but no pitching staff should be expected to pitch six 1-0 shutouts in a week and a half.  It’s not like the Pirates...

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