Rob Biertempfel is reporting that the Pirates have placed Ronny Cedeno on the new 7-day disabled list due to concussion-like symptoms. Pedro Ciriaco has been recalled and is available for both games of the double header today.
I have no idea how Cedeno has concussion-like symptoms as I do not recall any moments where he could have possibly suffered one. He is also in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak.
This means d’Arnaud will probably now move to SS for the near future with Brandon Wood and Josh Harrison splitting time at third base.
Ben Badler from Baseball America reported earlier today that the Pirates have singed Colombian outfielder Harold Ramirez for $1.05 million. That is the 2nd highest bonus given out by the Pirates for an International player ever behind only Luis Heredia last year.
Here’s what Tim at Pirates Prospects has on Ramirez:
Ramirez is 16 years old, and has a thick 5′ 11″, 175 pound frame. Despite the frame, he’s a plus-plus runner, although he doesn’t really have the arm for center field, and there’s some debate over whether he has any power projection left in his frame.
Obviously, signings like this take a long time to really figure out because of how young the players are when they sign. Really all most International players have is raw talent and it just depends on how that gets developed. However, it sure is nice to see the Pirates finally becoming players in the International market after basically abandoning it under the previous regime.
As we do every month, let’s take a look back at June to point out the top performers at each level of the organization.
The month of June saw the Pirates win 16 games, the most in a month since they won 17 in August of 2007.
This is also the first month that State College and the GCL Pirates appear on this list as they kicked off their seasons this past month. Neither State College nor the GCL Pirates played many games, so those clubs’ winners all come with a very small sample size.
Pitcher – Jeff Karstens
Karstens went 3-0 with a stellar 1.52 ERA over 6 starts this June. In 41 1/3 innings, which led the team, he struck out only 15 and walked 7. However, he only allowed 27 hits, which is good for a minuscule 0.82 WHIP.
Hitter – Andrew McCutchen
‘Cutch led the club in BA (.347), OBP (.447), and SLG (.495). Hard to argue with those numbers. He also tallied 8 doubles, 2 homers, and stole 5 bases in 6 attempts.
AAA Indianapolis Indians
Pitcher – Garrett Olson
Olson quietly has been pitching extremely well this year for the Indians. In June, he made 5 starts and was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA. Over 25 innings, he struck out 18 and walked 9 while holding opponents to a .145 batting average.
Hitter – Matt Hague
Hague absolutely erupted in June and has burst on to the scene as a legitimate option for a Major League call up. He hit .402/.449/.645 with 5 homers and 11 doubles in 107 AB. He collected an extra base hit in each of his last 6 games of the month.
AA Altoona Curve
Pitcher – Jeff Locke
Locke was almost a shoe-in to be at AAA by this point, however he ran into some issues starting off the season and remains in AA. Hopefully he has turned the corner. In 6 June starts, Locke was 2-2 with a 2.30 ERA. In 31 1/3 innings, he struck out 32 and walked 13.
Hitter – Starling Marte
As hot as Marte started the season, he has gotten better each and every month, with June obviously being his best. It would be nice to see Marte walk more as he only drew 4 walks all month, but there is no doubt he can hit. In 92 AB, he posted a line of .337/.378/.522 with 2 homers and 11 doubles.
A+ Bradenton Marauders
Pitcher – Brett Lorin
Lorin continued his solid year for Bradenton as he went 1-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 4 starts in June. He also was selected to participate in the FSL All-Star Game last month, as well. In 21 innings, he struck out 20 and walked just 4.
Hitter – Robbie Grossman
Boy, this was a tough one as I have to give props to both Ramon Cabrera and Adalberto Santos also. A ton of players had excellent Junes for Bradenton. However, Grossman gets the edge here with his .341/.500/.495 line. A lead off hitter with a .500 OBP is obviously doing his job. Grossman also hit 2 homers, 8 doubles, and stole 4 bases in 5 attempts.
A West Virginia Power
Pitcher – Colton Cain
Cain’s first season in full season ball is going pretty smoothly and June was his best month so far. In 5 starts, he was 1-1 with a 2.17 ERA. Over 29 innings, he struck out 19 and walked 7. He held opponents to a .187 average.
Hitter – Drew Maggi
Maggi finally looks to be getting in gear as he broke out in June with a .351/.439/.495 line over 97 AB. He homered twice, hit 2 triples, 4 doubles, and stole 7 bases.
A- State College Spikes
Pitcher – Matt Benedict
This year’s 30th round pick is dominating the NY-Penn League early on. Benedict went 1-0 with a 0.73 in 3 starts for the Spikes. In 12 1/3 innings, he has struck out 6 and has yet to walk a batter.
Hitter – Samuel Gonzalez
The hitting has been pretty suspect to start the season for the Spikes, but Gonzalez has easily gotten off to the best start. Through 8 June games, Gonzalez hit .440/.448/.600 in 25 AB.
R GCL Pirates
Pitcher – Orlando Castro
This is the first year in the states for the 19-year old lefty and he’s off to a solid start with a 2.00 ERA in 2 June starts. Over 9 innings, he has struck out 12 and walked only 2.
Hitter – Alen Hanson
Hanson is quickly making a name for himself and might be someone to keep an eye on to see if he can continue what he’s doing. The 18-year old, switch-hitting 2B from the Dominican Republic hit .400/.488/.800 in 35 AB. He has 2 homers, 2 triples, and 4 doubles to go along with 5 stolen bases in 6 attempts.
Final: Nationals 2, Pirates 1
WP: Drew Storen (5-2)
LP: Tim Wood (0-3)
The Pirates’ offense failed to come through today when they had to. They finished with just 6 hits and their 1 run that they scored was due to a Washington error. For the game, they were 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position. You can’t win if you do that.
Charlie Morton was so-so, but was effective as he gave up just 1 run over 5 2/3 innings. The Pirates’ defense also did an excellent job up until the 9th inning. Chris Resop got out of a 1st and 2nd with no one out jam with 3 straight strikeouts in the 8th inning and Daniel McCutchen pitched an easy 7th. Tim Wood ran into some trouble in the 9th inning and picked up the loss as Matt Stairs hit a walk-off single off the top of the wall to win it for the Nats.
That was most likely Wood’s final appearance as he is most likely the guy who will be sent down tomorrow to make room for Brad Lincoln, who will be starting the 2nd game of a double header.
Ronny Cedeno extended his hitting streak to 10 games.