The Bradenton Marauders made a couple of roster moves ahead of Saturday’s game. We also have two Dominican League players being released.
Jack Brannigan has been placed on the 7-day Injured List, retroactive to Friday. The 2022 third round pick is repeating Low-A Bradenton, after finishing the 2022 season there.
The 22-year-old Brannigan hit .211/.330/.337 in 26 games for Bradenton last year. He was hitting .286/.444/.381 over 27 plate appearances this year before the undisclosed injury.
Catcher Nick Cimillo has been activated from the development list. He was placed on that list when Shalin Polanco was activated from the Injured List two days ago. Cimillo went 1-for-4 with a walk in two games for Bradenton.
The Pirates have released DSL players Lewys Guzman and Dioris Valdez. Guzman saw very limited action due to major control issues over his two seasons, leading to 34 walks and 11 hit batters in 29 innings. Valdez has tremendous raw power, but major contact issues. The Pirates tried him as a pitcher last year with poor results. His plus power and strong arm could get the 20-year-old outfielder a second chance somewhere, but he’s very raw.
**Ryan Vilade has been activated for today’s game. There was an opening with Tucupita Marcano being called to the majors. Vilade hasn’t played since clearing waivers and being sent to Indianapolis.
If any more news pops up today, we will update this post.
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