The Pirates have promoted infielder Dan Gamache to Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates Prospects has learned through sources with knowledge of the move. In 74 games this year at Altoona, Gamache hit .335 with an .835 OPS.
Gamache was about 20 at-bats short of qualifying for the Eastern League leaders; however, he is second in the league in batting with a minimum of 250 plate appearances to only Adam Frazier. Frazier is currently batting .345 with 255 plate appearances, and Gamache is batting .335 with 265 plate appearances.
This was Gamache’s second year in Altoona, and it was a breakout year for him. After beginning the season on a 3-for-38 slump, he hit .382 in his last 58 games for the Curve with a .938 OPS. Gamache was also named an Eastern League All-Star and won the League’s Home Run Derby.
Gamache would be considered a utility player, playing third, second, and first base. He played third for the majority of his time this year, but he bounced around to second and first base on days that Moroff was either off or playing shortstop and days that Josh Bell was off or the designated hitter.
The move has yet to be officially announced by the Pirates, and corresponding moves are currently unknown. We know that a player is moving up from Bradenton today, but no word yet on who that will be. We’ll update this article throughout the day with any additional moves.
Update 4:43 PM: Infielder Erich Weiss has been promoted to Double-A Altoona from Bradenton. Weiss had a triple slash of .285/.366/.727 in 98 games at Bradenton this year. He has played second base for Bradenton all year, but don’t be surprised to see him move around in the Altoona infield.
Infielder Trace Tam Sing has been promoted to High-A Bradenton from West Virginia. In 28 games at West Virginia this season, Sing was batting .210 with a .681 OPS. He has played shortstop, left field, and second base for the Power this season.
Infielder Erik Forgione was promoted to Single-A West Virginia Power. He has been playing in Morgantown with the Black Bears. He was drafted in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Washington.
All of the players were old for the level that they were playing at, most likely getting promoted primarily because of their age. The JaCoby Jones trade and the promotion of Dan Gamache seemed to trigger all of the promotions for these infielders.
When are the Pirates gonna promote Josh Bell and get rid of John Bowker and Hunter Morris?
As soon as he isn’t Pedro Jr. on defense he will move up. Probably next spring, or perhaps at the end of this year to give him a taste of AAA.
And as I hit post, they just posted about the Bell promotion. Sooo….ignore that last post 🙂
When he is ready to play at the next level….which he isn’t yet.
When he “checks off all the boxes” 🙂
I guess the only thing that is left is working on what his “walk up music will be.” I wish Frazier would get promoted too. Although young, he seems too underchallenged for the league from both an offensive and defensive standpoint.
We’ll have some nice internal infield depth options next year with Gamache and Frazier close to making the jump. Maybe Moroff, too, and Hanson for sure.
VERY well deserved promotion – Gamache is a gamer and very versatile