The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a bunch of minor moves in the farm system, with the biggest one occurring today when they released pitcher Brandon Mann and assigned reliever Ryan Beckman to the Altoona Curve.
Mann was a free agent signing over the off-season. He had pitched well, but he is already 30 years old and pitching in AA, so he was mostly just being used as an innings eater. In 14 appearances, he had a 2.91 ERA over 34 innings, with 34 strikeouts.
Beckman hasn’t pitched since May 10th and he was having a tough time with Altoona before being transferred to the Jamestown roster. In 13 appearances, he has a 5.27 ERA in 13.2 innings, with 14 hits, five walks and five strikeouts. His 1.83 GO/AO ratio is impressive and something that he has excelled at during his career.
Other moves that occurred recently include pitcher Kenn Kasparek being assigned to Indianapolis. He has been used sparingly this season, moving between Altoona, Indianapolis and the Jamestown roster, filling in when needed. Kasparek has thrown just 5.1 innings over four appearances.
When Tony Sanchez was sent back to AAA last week, it triggered a whole set of catcher moves that took five days to play out. Ralph Henriquez was sent from Indianapolis to Altoona. Kawika Emsley-Pai was moved from Altoona to West Virginia and Francisco Diaz was the final move when he was transferred to the Jamestown roster yesterday.
Cody Eppley was added back to the Indianapolis bullpen when Phil Irwin was designated for assignment.
Candon Myles was activated off the West Virginia disabled list and Adam Landecker was assigned to the Jamestown roster.
The Pirates also released eight players from the DSL roster. Read more on that move here.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
I understand the way Minor League baseball works pretty well,but when I see a Brandon Mann released,who pitched pretty well,and several other pitchers ( who we will leave unnamed ) who are quite frankly, god awful, still on the roster, it makes me wonder.