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Bucs sign 33rd round pick Chris Lashmet

Published on June 21, 2011 by in Draft

The Pirates announced today they have signed another player from the 2011 Draft. 33rd round pick Chris Lashmet becomes the 12th player the Pirates have signed from this draft.

The Pirates press release on the signing has this to say about Lashmet:

Chris Lashmet (33rd round – INF): Was a four-year starter at Northwestern…Ended his career ranked second in school history with 49 doubles, fourth with 238 hits, fifth in total bases (355) and 10th in home runs (20)…Led the Wildcats in 2011 with a .353 average, 16 doubles and 67 hits while being named a second-team All-Big Ten selection at third base…His .387 on-base percentage in conference play was the fourth-best mark in the league…Was a first-team All-Big Ten pick his junior year after hitting .327 with a team-best eight home runs and 43 RBI…Posted a .320 career average in 198 games (196 starts) in four-year career with Northwestern.

Lashmet will most likely report to State College.

 
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Pirates acquire Josh Rodriguez

The Pirates reacquired IF Josh Rodriguez from the Cleveland Indians today for cash considerations. Rodriguez started off the season on the Pirates’ 25-man roster after the team chose him 1st overall in the Rule 5 Draft this offseason. However, he was returned to the Indians after being designated for assignment when the team claimed Brandon Wood.

Rodriguez hit .083/.214/.083 in 14 plate appearances during his tenure in the Majors this season and hasn’t performed much better in AAA-Columbus. In 65 plate appearances since being sent back to the Cleveland organization he is hitting .193/.270/.316.

Rodriguez will be sent to AAA and will probably be used just about everywhere on the diamond down there as a utility player.

 
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Game 73: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles Live Blog

Published on June 21, 2011 by in Live Blogs

 
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Game 72: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles Live Blog

Published on June 20, 2011 by in Live Blogs

 
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Bucs agree to terms with 4th rounder Colten Brewer

Published on June 20, 2011 by in Draft

Pirates Prospects is reporting that the Pirates have agreed to terms with their 4th round pick, Colten Brewer. Brewer had a commitment to Weatherford Junior College in Texas, so it looks like the Bucs were able to convince him to pass on that pretty easily.

Brewer, a RHP, went 8-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 56 2/3 innings his senior year of high school.

Brewer was ranked as the #38 prospect in Texas leading into the draft. He has a projectable frame at 6′ 4″, 200 pounds. As of now his fastball sits in the high 80′s mostly, but can touch the low 90′s. Scouts hope he can build on that velocity as he fills out.

Brewer is the 11th player signed from the 2011 Draft so far and is the highest draftee to sign up to this point. His career will most likely start in the GCL.

UPDATE (7/16):
Brewer’s signing bonus is $240,000, which marks the highest of any 4th round pick up to this point.

 
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Bryan Morris moved to relief role

Bryan Morris, who entered this season as the Pirates’ #6 prospect according to Baseball America, has been moved into the Altoona Curve bullpen on a permanent basis.

Morris, 24, was slated to start for the Curve Sunday evening, but instead, Phil Irwin was promoted from Bradenton to take Morris’ spot. Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror tweeted that Irwin will take Morris’ spot in the rotation as Morris will now be used out of the bullpen exclusively.

This definitely is a step back and is a big blow to Morris’ top prospect status. Morris is the last remaining piece left from the Jason Bay trade and the only hope the Pirates can salvage something from the deal.

Morris is on the 40-man roster and has just one more option remaining after this season. So a switch to the bullpen could help him find a spot on the ML roster when the time comes. Also, Morris has seen much more success this season coming out of the bullpen than starting. He first started pitching in relief to come back from an injury earlier in the year, so he does have 5 appearances out of the ‘pen. In those 5 games, he’s pitched 13 1/3 innings with a 2.03 ERA. He’s struck out 11 and walked just one. However, in his 6 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA in 25 1/3 innings with 17 strikeouts and 16 walks. Quite a difference.

It’s a little disappointing when you hear that the club’s #4 pitching prospect will now be a reliever, but based on what we’ve seen from Morris, it may be the best move for him. He still very much remains a prospect, and should still be expected in the Majors as early as next season.

UPDATE:

The Trib’s Rob Biertempfel confirms the switch to the bullpen. However, he does add that Morris’ role could change if he makes the Majors.

UPDATE:

Tim at Pirates Prospects has more about the move, including quotes from Pirates’ Farm Director Kyle Stark.

 
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