Pirates acquire Gaby Sanchez from Marlins

By Jason Shetler

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Pirates have acquired Gaby Sanchez from the Miami Marlins in exchange for outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive balance pick. The 28-year-old Sanchez has struggled this season, but did have a .755 OPS in 391 games total for the Fish. Sanchez will be arbitration eligible for the first time in the offseason, and just like Travis Snider, will be under the Pirates control until 2016. All indications would seem to be that the Pirates will possibly DFA Casey McGehee to make room on the 40-man roster and a place on the 25-man roster for Sanchez.

Pirates DFA Drew Sutton

By Jason Shetler 

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates have designated Drew Sutton for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Daniel McCutchen. Sutton was claimed off waivers by the Pirates from Tampa Bay on June 24th. He hit .243 with a .697 OPS in 47 at bats for the Bucs. McCutchen was called up earlier today to take Brad Lincoln’s spot in the bullpen which was reported by Kristy Robinson. 

Daniel McCutchen called up to take Lincoln’s spot

By Jason Shetler

According to Kristy Robinson of Pirates Prospects, the Pirates have recalled Daniel McCutchen to take Brad Lincoln’s spot in the bullpen. McCutchen pitched 26 games for AAA Indianapolis where he posted a 3.56 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. I’m a little surprised the Pirates didn’t decide to call up Bryan Morris who is on the 40 man roster and has put up better numbers than McCutchen. Although, McCutchen did pitch fairly decent out of the Pirates bullpen last season and so perhaps experience from last season in the pen may have been a factor. 

Pirates acquire Travis Snider from Jays

By Jason Shetler

 

The Pirates have announced that they have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Toronto Blue Jays in a swap for Brad Lincoln. Snider hit .247 with a .734 OPS in 241 games total for the Jays. Meanwhile, Lincoln posted a 2.73 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP this season and was solid out of the bullpen. Although Snider’s numbers don’t look really impressive, he’s still only 24 with lots of power potential and isn’t even close to reaching his prime yet. Snider will be arbitration eligible for the first time this upcoming offseason and will be under the Pirates control until 2016. The irony of this trade swap is that both were drafted in 2006 with Lincoln going 4th overall while Snider was selected 14th overall.

Bucs Minor League Report 7/30

By Jason Shetler

AAA: Indianapolis defeated Buffalo by a 6-2 final.

Rick VandenHurk threw six innings, giving up one run on seven hits, walked a batter and struckout seven to pick up the win. Matt Hague was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Yamaico Navarro went 2-for-3 with a home run (6), a double and walked. Jose Tabata was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and scored a run. Jeff Clement went 1-for-4 with a three-run double and came around to score. Chase d’Arnaud was 1-for-4 with a walk and stole his 30th base of the season. Tony Sanchez goes 0-for-4.

AA: Altoona had an off day.

High A: Lakewood shutout Bradenton by a score of 1-0 in 10 innings.

Jameson Taillon tossed seven scoreless on just two hits, walked three and had four strikeouts in the no-decision. Carlos Mesa went 2-for-4. Alex Dickerson was 1-for-3 with a walk and had a stolen base (9). Carlos Paulino went 1-for-3. Gift Ngoepe was 1-for-4 with a triple. Mel Rojas goes 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Low A: West Virginia beatdown Hagerstown by a final of 14-2.

Zack Dodson pitched six innings, allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struckout four in the victory. Francisco Diaz was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and scored a run. Gregory Polanco went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored three runs. Jose Osuna was 3-for-5 including a two-run homer (14) and three RBI. Dan Gamache went with two RBI and came into score twice. Willy Garcia was 2-for-5 with a home run (12), a triple and two RBI. Alen Hanson had an 0-for-5. 

Short A: Lowell defeats State College 2-1.

Luis Heredia goes 4.1 innings, gave up one run on three hits, walked a pair and fanned three. Derek Trent went 2-for-3. Samuel Gonzalez was 1-for-3 and drew a walk. Alex Fuselier went 1-for-4. Barrett Barnes was 0-for-2 with a walk. D.J. Crumlich went 0-for-3 and walked. Yhonathan Barrios goes 0-for-1 with a walk and had the only RBI for the Spikes.

GCL: Phillies win 5-3 over the Pirates.

Jon Sandfort went three shutout innings without a hit, and did not walk or strikeout a batter. Edwin Espinal was 3-for-4 with a triple and scored a run. Eric Wood went 2-for-4 as he also tripled and came into score. Harold Ramirez was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Max Moroff went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Stetson Allie and Wyatt Mathisen both had the day off. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pirates reluctant to trade Marte in deal for Choo

By Jason Shetler

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates are said to be “very reluctant” in trading Starling Marte in a deal for Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The 30-year-old Choo is hitting .291 with an .862 OPS in 96 games for the Tribe. Meanwhile, Marte is not only the Pirates top position player prospect, but he’s also the 36th best overall prospect according to Baseball America’s Top 50 midseason prospect list. 

Bucs Minor League Report 7/29

By Jason Shetler

AAA: Buffalo wins 3-2 over Indianapolis.

Justin Wilson went five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on just one hit, walked five and punched out seven in defeat. Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Chase d’Arnaud was 1-for-3 and scored a run. Matt Hague went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Tony Sanchez was 0-for-4. Jose Tabata collected a pinch-hit single. Christian Marrero went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in his debut for Indy.

AA: Altoona defeats New Hampshire 3-2 in 10 innings.

Kris Johnson pitched five innings, allowing just one run on one hit, walked five and struckout a pair in a no-decision. Brock Holt was 3-for-5 and doubled. Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-3. Matt Curry was 2-for-4 with a home run (9). Adalberto Santos goes 2-for-5 and delivered the game-winning RBI.

High A: Daytona over Bradenton by a final of 12-7.

Matt Benedict threw 4.1 innings, allowed eight runs on eight hits, walked five and did not strikeout a batter in the loss. Carlos Mesa went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Gift Ngoepe was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Mel Rojas went 1-for-3 and came into score. Andy Vasquez was 1-for-4 and homered (3). Alex Dickerson went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and scored a run.

Low A: West Virginia defeated Lakewood by a score of 4-1.

Nick Kingham goes four innings, gave up one run on two hits, walked two and fanned four. Francisco Diaz was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Jose Osuna went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Junior Sosa was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Dan Gamache went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Gregory Polanco was 0-for-4. Alen Hanson was also 0-for-4 and walked.

Short A: Game 1 – Lowell with a 1-0 shutout over State College.

Adrian Sampson pitches five scoreless on only one hit, walked a batter and struckout four in a no-decision. Alex Fuselier went 2-for-3. Barrett Barnes was 1-for-3. Jake Stallings and Samuel Gonzalez went 0-for-2 and both drew a walk. Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Crumlich were 0-for-3.

Game 2 – State College gets shutout in the second game 2-0.

Joely Rodriguez went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits, walked and struckout a batter to take the loss. Samuel Gonzalez was 1-for-2 with a double. Barrett Barnes went 1-for-3 and doubled. Tyler Gaffney had an 0-for-2. D.J. Crumlich and Jake Stallings go 0-for-3.

 

 

 

 

 

Bucs Minor League Report 7/28

By Jason Shetler

AAA : Indianapolis blanked Buffalo by a 6-0 final.

Jeff Locke tossed seven shutout innings on four hits, walked three and struckout four to pick up the win. Brandon Boggs went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored a pair of runs. Chase d’Arnaud was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI, and stole three bases (27,28,29). Tony Sanchez went 2-for-4 including a home run (6) and a double. Anderson Hernandez and Jeff Larish were 1-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run.

AA: New Hampshire defeated Altoona by a score of 5-1.

Kyle McPherson pitched four innings, gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits, walked none and had a pair of strikeouts in the loss. Adalberto Santos was 3-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and stole a base (10). Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-3 and walked. Drew Maggi was also 1-for-3. Quincy Latimore went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Matt Curry goes 0-for-3 and drew a walk.pshire defeated Altoona by a score of 5-1.

High A: Bradenton wins 9-7 over Daytona.

Tyler Waldron went six innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on nine hits, walked three and struckout two in a no-decision. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-3 with a double, a stolen base (8), walked and scored three runs. Gift Ngoepe was 3-for-5 with a double and came around to score. Carlos Paulino went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and scored a run. Benji Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Mel Rojas went 2-for-5 and scored a run.

Low A: Lakewood shutout West Virginia 2-0.

Zack Von Rosenberg goes six innings, giving up one run on seven hits, walked a pair and fanned four in the losing effort. Gregory Polanco was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stole his 40th base. Chris Lashmet went 1-for-3. Alen Hanson was 1-for-4 and tripled. Jose Osuna and Dan Gamache also went 1-for-4. Willy Garcia had an 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Short A: State College/Lowell was postponed.

GCL: Braves over the Pirates by a score of 7-6.

Axel Diaz threw 2.2 innings, surrendered five runs on seven hits, walked two and struckout one. Luis Urena went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs (4,5) and three RBI. Candon Myles was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scored twice. Stetson Allie went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Harold Ramirez was 2-for-4. Eric Wood went 1-for-4 with a homer (3). Wyatt Mathisen did not play.