Pirates Release Eight Players, Including Matt Curry; Michael Martinez Elects Free Agency

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released eight minor league players and utility player Michael Martinez has elected free agency, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The released players are Matt Curry, Nathan Sopena, Christian Henriquez, Carlos Marquez, Francisco Aponte, Adam Landecker, Candon Myles and Nathan Tomaszewski.

First baseman Matt Curry is the biggest player among the group and the only one that has played above A-ball. He had a breakout season in 2011, going from Low-A to Double-A mid-year. Curry showed some power potential at first base, but a series of injuries in the last two seasons really knocked his prospect status down and at age 26 this year, he put up sub par numbers at Altoona.

Carlos Marquez is a catcher that spent four seasons in the DSL, then barely played in the GCL this year. Nathan Sopena and Nathan Tomaszewski were both undrafted players that signed during the off-season, though Tomaszewski had some experience in independent ball. Both played modest roles with the short-season teams and Sopena missed some time due to injury.

Adam Landecker was drafted in 2013 and played a utility role for West Virginia this year, often as the extra man who was shifted on and off the roster due to injuries to other players. He had a .595 OPS in 37 games this year.

Francisco Aponte has been in the organization since 2008, though he is still only 23 years old. He has played parts of the last three years with West Virginia, but he played just 281 games total over seven seasons.

Christian Henriquez spent three seasons in the DSL before jumping to Bristol this year. The 22-year-old lefty struggled out of the bullpen with a 6.11 ERA and 1.98 WHIP.

Candon Myles was a 12th round draft pick in 2011, who signed a six-figure bonus. He never hit much in the minors and in 668 plate appearances. His one tool was his speed, leading to 45 stolen bases in 61 attempts.

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.

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tim m

Martinez was on the major league roster for what 2 or 3 months this year, no wonder this pirates team could not overtake the Cardinals for 1st place in the division, but maybe they are getting close enough for Nutting to finally loosen the purse strings enough to allow Huntington to at least stock the major league team with serviceable bench players like Barmes instead of cheap throw ins like Martinez, the wild things are looking for a 2nd baseman Mike I think you have a shot there


Barmes should be reunited with Barajas & playing next to Martinez for Bridgeport Bluefish


Just think Tim, he is a far superior player than you !

tim m

just think Leo ………


Welcome to 2015 Opening Day for the Bridgeport Bluefish. And here’s your lineup… leading off and playing second base, Michael Martinez.

Andy Prough

Anything to make him not be a pinch-hitting option for Hurdle. Pay the man to go away, please.

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