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Minor Moves: Pirates Trade Collin Balester to the Reds

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a minor trade, sending right-handed reliever Collin Balester to the Cincinnati Reds, per an Indianapolis press release. No word on the return for the deal, but it’s almost certainly cash considerations. This was a move that was made due to a lack of a roster space. The Pirates have recently […]
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Minors Notes: An Over-Slot Prep Pitcher Showing Promise Now That He’s...

At the end of the 2014 season, things looked bad for right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette’s future. He was a member of that strong 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates draft class, going in the seventh round and receiving a $550,000 bonus to break his commitment to Georgia Tech. That was the fifth biggest bonus in the draft for […]
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Pirates Announce Ten Minor League Free Agent Signings

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced ten minor league free agent signings. The following six players will receive¬†an invitation to Spring Training. RHP Collin Balester LHP Jeremy Bleich RHP Deolis Guerra RHP Brad Lincoln INF Gustavo Nunez RHP Blake Wood We heard about Lincoln today, and Balester has been known for a while. He spent the 2014 […]
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Winter Leagues: Allie Extends Hit Streak, Big Night For Dean Anna

Due to a light schedule each day, the Pirates highlights from Monday and Tuesday in winter ball are both recapped below. On Friday, the Dominican Winter League begins play, so the winter league articles should be daily once that league starts up. Starting off first with Monday’s action in Mexico, Stetson Allie had two singles […]
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Winter Leagues: Stetson Allie Makes Winter League Debut

There wasn’t much going on Friday night in winter ball, but there was plenty of action on Saturday, so we recap the last two days below. On Thursday night, we posted the season preview for the Venezuelan League, along with a recap of Opening Day. The Mexican League started with one game Friday night, though […]
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Pirates Re-Sign Four Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed four minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s transactions page. The players who will be returning to the organization are RHP Collin Balester, RHP Marek Minarik, RHP Tyler Sample, and OF Junior Sosa. Balester was signed by the Pirates last year as a minor league free agent as he […]
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Minor Moves: Hard-Throwing Lefty Promoted to United States From DSL

In addition to the roster moves for Altoona and the trade of Chris Dickerson today, the Pittsburgh Pirates made six moves in the lower minors, including a rare mid-season promotion from the Dominican Summer League. Jake Burnette was added to the GCL roster on rehab and he pitched today. The seventh round pick from the […]
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Pirates Sign Five Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitchers Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung to minor league contracts. Brigham, Jackson, and Kinney will be non-roster invitees for the Major League portion of Spring Training. Information on each player is below. Jake Brigham – He turns 26 in February, and hasn’t pitched […]
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