Brent Morel Refuses Outright Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Brent Morel refused his outright assignment and he is now a free agent. The Pirates called him up on July 20th and he went 2-for-7 with a double and an RBI in three games. Once Aramis Ramirez joined the team five days later, Morel was designated for assignment.

In 81 games for Indianapolis this season, he hit .266/.322/.441, with 21 doubles and nine homers. His was actually one of the best hitters in the entire organization over the last two months, but his overall numbers don’t reflect that due to a very slow start.

In other minor transaction news, Bristol pitcher Miguel Ferreras retired. The 23-year-old righty missed time with injuries during his career, including the entire 2011 season. He’s been in the organization since 2010. The Pirates liked his size at 6’5″, 221 pounds and his arm, but his career was plagued by control issues, which continued into this season.

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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Good riddance to bad rubbish, this is the best news I’ve heard all day. Now if the pirates have to call somebody up they might have to… gasp! Call up an actual honest to goodness prospect, not some lame bum who should have been retired by now.


” Rubbish ” ? ” Lame bum ” ? What does that make guys like, say you pillo, when you probably never had 1 tenth of Morels’s ability at baseball ?


As a matter of fact I did, although those days are long gone and all but forgotten. And it’s pilbo or Mr. Pilbo to you.

michael t

He won us his last game in the bigs, at least with the Pirates. The fact that he see no future with the Bucs is a rational decision.


Every cloud has a silver lining. : )


Not defending Morel at all but who would come up to play 3rd? Hanson would need some time there first unless you bring up someone from AA which a lot of teams do however the Pirates don’t like that trend.


Whoever was brought up would be a bench bat only, the only way they need a third basemen would be if rodriguez and ramirez got hurt. The only reason the pirates don’t call up prospects for a short time is because of service time. So instead of calling up the best option they call up scrubs.

Bruce Humbert

Never understood what he was doing on the 40 man roster – good luck finding another job that pays u as well as this one did….


Don’t you worry, he will !


What are you? The lone member of brent morel’s fan club? Sheesh, get over yourself.

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