Minor Moves: Braxton Ashcraft and Kent Emanuel Join Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent right-handed pitcher Braxton Ashcraft and left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel to Bradenton on rehab assignments ahead of Sunday’s game.

Ashcraft was the second round pick in 2018 out of high school. He has pitched just 109.1 innings since signing, missing full seasons in 2020 due to the canceled season and 2022 due to Tommy John surgery, which also cost him the end of 2021. He is 23 years old now, but before the missed time, he was rated as a top ten prospect in the system with high upside.

Emanuel was originally drafted by the Pirates was back in 2010, but he chose to attend college. He made it up to the majors for the first time in 2021 for ten relief appearances. He spent the 2022 season in the minors for the Philadelphia Phillies as a starter, then signed with the Pirates as a minor league free agent this off-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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