The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted catcher Arden Pabst to Altoona on Thursday afternoon.

Pabst played for Indianapolis briefly earlier this season, but that was when they were short three catchers in the farm system. He just needed to be there until Jackson Williams was eligible to come off the disabled list. This move to Altoona seems like a legit promotion because catcher John Bormann was in Altoona already and he was sent back to Bradenton to take Pabst's spot. Altoona catcher Jin-De Jhang returned last week from a concussion and lasted just three innings before a foul ball off the mask ended his night.

Jhang isn't on the DL yet, but you would assume that there should be extreme caution with him right now. He's also a free agent at the end of the year, so his time in the organiz...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.