Minor Moves: Meadows and Ngoepe to DL; Vieaux Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted left-handed starting pitcher Cam Vieaux from the West Virginia Power to the Bradenton Marauders. Vieaux was elected to the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which took place on Tuesday night, but he did not pitch. He will replace Dario Agrazal in the rotation, after Agrazal was promoted to Altoona, where he made his debut last night.

Vieaux started this season of great, allowing six earned runs over his first seven starts. That was six games with one run allowed and one shutout appearance. He has run into a little trouble in his last four starts, posting a 4.94 ERA and a .300 BAA in 23.2 innings. The 23-year-old Vieaux was drafted in the sixth round last year.

As mentioned in our Prospect Watch last night, Justin Maffei and Anderson Feliz were on their way to Indianapolis after the Altoona game. They are going there to replace Austin Meadows and Gift Ngoepe, who were both placed on the disabled list today with hamstring strains. Meadows was reported on yesterday by Brian Peloza, who also noted that Ngoepe has missed the last couple games due to a left hamstring tweak. Ngoepe tried to take batting practice on Tuesday and could not.

Indianapolis also received catcher John Bormann from Bradenton, as he replaces Jacob Stallings, who was called up earlier today.

For now, Altoona is two players short, although help might come from outside the organization at this point because none of the upper level teams are carrying extra players right now.




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Michael D

I think Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller will move up after full recovery of injuries


Meadows is injury prone bad legs hamstrung how many different times since being drafted can’t count on him to move up and not pull it again


Guess Meadows’ yoga and water jug didn’t do the trick.

I understand in theory why hamstring injuries can happen in baseball. You’re up and down, hot and cold, with quick twitch reactions all game long. But are hamstring injuries really that unavoidable with the resources of a professional sports organization? I suppose some of it is genetic, but can they seriously just hire a personal in-game trainer for Meadows, who forces him to stretch between every inning and every at bat, massages, IVs, the works?

Harry S

Am I wrong or has Meadows injured a hamstring every year? He has struggled badly at Indy last year and so far this year. Does anyone else think he won’t be the star he has been projected to be? He wouldn’t be the first “next great player” to never make it. Do the names Clint Hurdle and Chad Hermansen ring a bell?


He is 22! Let’s hold off on calling him a bust. He has ~420 PA in AAA ball. He has not injured his hamstring every year either. Just because a guy gets called up to a level and doesn’t immediately light the world on fire doesn’t mean we should start throwing up a bunch of red flags.


He had an awful start this season and maybe like 1-2 bad weeks in June. Since May 2nd, he’s hit .273/.344/.407 (and that’s including that June period). I wouldn’t call that ‘struggled badly’. It’s not great, but it’s also not terrible.

Personally not worried a lot about his performance yet, after all he’s just 22, but his recurring hamstring issues are becoming a big problem.


I believe Luplow deserves a promotion to Indy and Hill and Craig to Altoona

Bobby L

Any report of the severity of Meadows latest hamstring? They hard to overcome and have been a problem in the past for him. If this time it’s serious as the others, does it mean he would only be a Sept callup?


Is Meadows gaining the reputation as being injury prone? Who would you rate as the 2nd best OF prospect behind him?


If you go off the top 30 list Barrett Barnes is next then Chris Bostick is listed as IF/OF.


Whose hamstrings are worse — Meadows or Barnes? What’s up with the trainer at Indy?

Bobby L

Luplow would be my guess.

Darren G

Wonder if any other promotions are forthcoming? Espinal and Rosario to Indy, Craig and McGarry to Altoona and Baur and Hartlieb to Bradenton would be a worthy chain move at this juncture.

Bill Harvey

Do the Pirates think highly of Bormann, or not much of him? He was an emergency call-up to the majors, now he completely skips AA. Poor kid is probably as confused as I am.


By getting called up for that one day doesn’t he accumulate a MLB salary for the rest of the season?

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