After a busy day of moves in the Pittsburgh Pirates system yesterday, three more moves were made today due to an undisclosed injury to third baseman Eric Wood that landed him on the disabled list. Francisco Aponte will take the place of Wood on the West Virginia roster, while Adam Landecker moves up to take Aponte’s place at Jamestown.
This season, the 20-year-old Wood has been the everyday third baseman for the West Virginia Power. In 93 games, he is hitting .260, with 20 doubles, six homers, 49 RBI’s and a .689 OPS. He started the season off strong with an .816 OPS in April and he has been just as good in August, so the timing of the injury is bad in that regard. The move was made retroactive to August 15th.
Francisco Aponte has played sparingly this season for Jamestown, getting into twenty games. He hasn’t played since July 28th either. The 22-year-old infielder is in his sixth season in the Pirates organization. He spent a good portion of last season in West Virginia, where he hit .234 in 59 games. He has spent most of his time on defense at second base in the pros, but he has also at some point played every position except pitcher and catcher.
Adam Landecker is also 22-years-old, drafted out of USC this year. He has spent all his time in the Gulf Coast League, where he is hitting .220 in 36 games, with a .639 OPS. The 21st round pick was a college senior this year and signed quickly. He has spent almost all of his playing time at third base, getting into 31 games there and three games at second base.
Also a couple notes yesterday’s moves. Oderman Rocha did report to the GCL Pirates and pitched today, so that wasn’t just a paper move to temporarily make room for John Kuchno.
The Altoona Curve needed to make room on their roster for catcher Ali Solis once he reported and they did that today by placing Oscar Tejeda on the disabled list.