Pirates Release Six Minor Leaguers; Lakind Converted to Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released the following six players, per a team press release. Alex Lukashevich, RHP – Had an 0.47 ERA in 19 innings last year, but his advanced numbers didn’t look as good. He throws in the low-to-mid 80s. The Pirates signed Lukashevich out of Belarus in 2010. Porfirio Lopez, LHP – Lopez was unlike a lot of the international lefties in the system in that he could throw 88-92 MPH. He also...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/10/12

Gerrit Cole will get the start tonight for Altoona. He ranks third among all Pirates minor league pitchers in strikeouts behind Justin Wilson and Jeff Locke. Cole’s 103.2 innings ranks 11th in the organization and his overall ERA of 3.04 trails only Jeff Locke(2.66) and Phil Irwin(2.87) among pitchers who have thrown at least 70 innings. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (72-48) @...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/4/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start tonight for Bradenton, coming off one of the best starts of his career, a seven inning shutout performance on Monday night. Justin Wilson goes for Indianapolis tonight. He ranks second in the International League, and first among all Pirates minor leaguers, in strikeouts. Four of the pitchers going tonight are coming off outings in which they gave up just one hit, the other starter is making his first...

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Cole White Leads Power With Another Game Winner

Last night, Cole White hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the West Virginia Power a 2-1 victory over the Lexington Legends. “I could barely sleep,” White said about his homer. “I kept on replaying it in my head.  It was the first time I’ve ever hit a walk off home run in my entire life.” Tonight, for an encore, White came through in the eighth inning of a 3-3 tie game,...

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Transactions Recap: Thompson, Rodriguez, Cooper, Jackson

Catching up on the daily roster moves, since I was on the road all day, and haven’t figured out a way to clone myself yet: -To make room for Chase d’Arnaud on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson for assignment.  Thompson was acquired off of waivers in December from the Washington Nationals.  The former first round pick got off to a good start in Altoona, before struggling and...

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