Pirates Release Three Minor League Players

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released three minor league players, according to Baseball America’s transactions. The players were Justin Ennis, Jorge Bishop, and Aneudy Merejo. Some information on the three players. Justin Ennis – He was a lower level bullpen guy, splitting the last three years between West Virginia and State College. Ennis didn’t have much of a fastball, throwing it in the mid-80s. He added a...

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2011 State College Spikes Preview: Position Players

The State College Spikes begin their season tonight.  Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes’ roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers. Catcher The Spikes have three catchers on their opening day roster: Derek Trent, Matthew Skirving, and Samuel Gonzalez.  There’s no obvious starter, although I’d expect Trent and Gonzalez to get the bulk of the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost 4-1 to Norfolk.  Michael Crotta pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one. Brandon Moss went 2-for-4.  Kevin Melillo went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Luke Carlin went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  Alex Presley went 1-for-3. ALTOONA...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/14/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off for the AAA All-Star Game.  Erik Kratz was the lone representative.  He went 0-for-1, then was called up to the majors. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-2 with a grand slam.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs.  Hector Gimenez went 0-for-2.  Matt Hague went 0-for-2....

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June Prospects Rundown: Rookie League Pirates

The Pirates have three rookie league teams: the Gulf Coast League Pirates, plus a team in the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer leagues.  Last year the VSL Pirates were one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pirates’ system, due to a lot of talented international players like Exicardo Cayonez and Jorge Bishop.  This year those players have moved up to the GCL, while a new crop of players have arrived in the...

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