Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL

The Pirates have released Eric Avila.
The Pirates have released Eric Avila.

Catching up on all of the minor league transactions from the last few days.

**Jerry Sands and Matt Curry are both on rehab assignments with the GCL Pirates.

**Eric Avila has been released by the Pirates. The third baseman was hitting for a .234/.259/.414 line in 111 at-bats this year. He was doing well in the month of June, with a .339/.383/.554 line in 56 at-bats. However, he was mostly crushing lefties, with a .548 OPS against right-handers on the year. He also had bad defense at third base. Being a lefty platoon option in Triple-A is one thing, but it’s totally different if you’re doing it in A-ball.

**Alen Hanson and Zack Von Rosenberg have been placed on the Bradenton DL. Hanson had a minor leg injury earlier in the week, and it will obviously keep him out for longer than a few days (the minor league DL is 7 days minimum).

**A few draft assignments:

-Jerry Mulderig, Andrew Dennis, and Adam Frazier have been assigned to Jamestown.

-Nick Buckner and Billy Roth have been assigned to the GCL.

**David Jagoditsh has been placed on the Jamestown DL.

**Roberto Espinosa has been transferred from Bradenton to Jamestown. Espinosa was in Bradenton providing short-term relief help.

**Yhonathan Herrand has also been released by the Pirates. He threw 1.2 innings in three games with the GCL Pirates this year, walking four. Herrand has hit 97-98 MPH in the past, but has horrible control of his fastball, and that wasn’t showing any signs of improvements. The Pirates signed Herrand a few years ago for $280,000.

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smurph

This is really good news. In the past the Pirates had to fill out their minor league rosters with players with no chance of becoming major league players. Now there is real competition, even at the lower levels.

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