Weekly Transaction Analysis: Henry Davis Moves to Full-Season Ball

Every week we will be recapping the transactions in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system, looking at the trends and adding some context to some of the bigger moves.

We haven’t seen a lot of bigger moves this year in terms of big prospect promotions. That could be in large part due to the lost season in 2020 impacting how the Pirates want to progress their players this year.

The most notable of the system transactions this week was the promotion of 2021 first overall pick Henry Davis to Greensboro.

All transactions in this week’s article run from 8-7 to 8-13.

Promotions

Indianapolis

OF Anthony Alford selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates from Indianapolis. (8/7)

Altoona

RHP Alex Manasa promoted from Greensboro to Altoona. (8/10) Manasa has been all over the system, being treated more as a replacement when needed, rather than a prospect. Last week he was in Indianapolis, then moved to Greensboro. We’ll see if he finds a home in Double-A.

C Grant Koch transferred from Greensboro to Altoona. (8/10) Greensboro eventually found a new catcher.

Greensboro

C Henry Davis promoted to Greensboro from the FCL (8/12). Davis will get a look at the end of the season in High-A. I’d expect him to begin the 2022 season at the same level, unless he absolutely destroys A-ball pitching over the next month. The Pirates are easing him into pro ball. Davis just got his second start, and first at catcher, this afternoon (8/15).

LF Yoyner Fajardo promoted from Bradenton to Greensboro. (8/10) The Marauders had two outfielders go on the IL the same day.

RHP Sergio Umana promoted to Greensboro from Bradenton. (8/7)

Bradenton

None

Demotions

Indianapolis

3B Erik Gonzalez outrighted by the Pirates to Indianapolis. (8/10)

UT Phillip Evans optioned to Indianapolis. (8/7)

Altoona

None

Greensboro

None

Bradenton

RHP Enmanuel Mejia assigned to Bradenton from Greensboro (8/10).

IL Assignments

Indianapolis

LHP  Blake Weiman placed on 7-day IL (8/9).

Altoona

OF Brendt Citta transferred to 60-day IL (left leg). (8/10)

LHP Cam Alldred placed on Temporary Inactive List. (8/10)

OF Canaan Smith-Njigba placed on 7-day IL (right thigh). (8/11)

Greensboro

OF Matt Gorski placed on the 7-day IL. (8/10)

OF Chase Murray placed on the 7-day IL. (8/10)

Bradenton

RHP Drake Fellows transferred from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL. (8/10)

Rehab Assignments

Indianapolis

Shelby Miller activated from the IL. (8/12)

Ka’ai Tom sent on an MLB rehab assignment to Indianapolis. (8/10)

Altoona

None

Greensboro

None

Bradenton

None

Added to the System

Indianapolis

None

Altoona

None

Greensboro

None

Bradenton

None

Released

OF Dustin Fowler was released from Indianapolis. (8/7) Fowler has since joined the Marlins’ organization, playing with their Triple-A affiliate.

Photo: Henry Davis; Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates

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