Pirates minor league report 9/2

Post-Gazette Staff about 14 hours ago

INDIANAPOLIS (80-59) lost to Columbus, 4-2. RHP Chris Volstad (11-7, 3.33) pitched 7 2/3 innings where he gave up 4 runs – all in the first 2 innings – on 11 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5 in the loss. 1B Josh Bell (.343) walked 3 times and scored twice, while DH John Bowker (.207) and C Tony Sanchez (.235) each had 1 hit and 1 RBI.

ALTOONA (72-65) lost to Bowie, 4-0. RHP Chad Kuhl (11-5, 2.48) gave up 3 runs – 1 earned – on 3 hits while striking out 5 in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. CF Austin Meadows (.500), in his first game since being called up from Bradenton, was 2 for 4, as was C Jacob Stallings (.273) as the two combined for all 4 Curve hits.

BRADENTON (71-63) did not play

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (83-51) defeated Lexington, 12-9. RHP Jake Burnette (5-4, 4.56) gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 3 innings of relief to pick up the win. LF Elvis Escobar (.297) went 3 for 5 with a triple, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. 1B Connor Joe (.247) and RF Jerrick Suiter (294) each went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 3B Chase Simpson (.250) was 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (38-33) defeated Williamsport, 6-5, in 11 innings on a walk-off single by CF Casey Hughston (.219). RHP Tate Scioneaux (1-0, 2.08) pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as he allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 to pick up the win. LF Ty Moore (.284) was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.

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Pirates pre-game notes: Hurdle breaks down Zach Davies

Bill Brink about 20 hours ago

MILWAUKEE -- Zach Davies is listed at six-feet, 160 pounds. He’s 22 years old. Tonight he opposes Jeff Locke.

“It might look like an American Legion game out there today,” manager Clint Hurdle said.

Davies, who joined the Brewers from Baltimore in the Gerardo Parra trade, makes his major league debut tonight. He had a 3.30 ERA in 1281/3 innings in Class AAA this season, a 2.84 mark with Norfolk and a 5.00 mark in 27 innings in the more hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League after the trade.

“He's a strike thrower,” Hurdle said. “Probably if I had to give you a guy, Seth Maness with the Cardinals. He's that type of pitcher. Sinker-ball guy, going to work the ball to both sides of the plate, more action east and west. He's going to throw his changeup, probably his go-to pitch. Throws a curveball as well.”


Minor league promotions:

RHP Matt Benedict and OF Mel Rojas Jr. were promoted to Class AAA Indianapolis. Rojas started the year there but was demoted after posting a .608 OPS. 

OF Austin Meadows, the Pirates’ No. 3 prospect entering the season, and RHP Tyler Eppler were promoted to Class AA Altoona.


RHP Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals Friday, not Lance LynnJaime Garcia and John Lackey will still start Saturday and Sunday. 

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Pirates pre-game: Zach Davies vs. Jeff Locke

Bill Brink about 22 hours ago

Game: Pirates (79-51) at Brewers (56-75)

Time: 8:10 p.m. ET

Site: Miller Park

Standings: 2nd place NL Central, six games back of Cardinals; first NL wild card, 41/2 games ahead of Cubs

TV, radio: Root Sports, KDKA-FM 93.7

Weather: Dome


MILWAUKEE -- The Pirates purchased the contract of Pedro Florimon today. 

Also: No. 3 prospect Austin Meadows promoted to Class AA Altoona, according to his agent. 

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game.


1. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
2. Starling Marte LF
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Jung Ho Kang SS
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
8. Francisco Cervelli C
9. Jeff Locke (L) LHP


1. Jean Segura SS
2. Jonathan Lucroy C
3. Ryan Braun RF
4. Khris Davis LF
5. Adam Lind (L) 1B
6. Domingo Santana CF
7. Hernan Perez 3B
8. Elian Herrera (S) 2B
9. Zach Davies RHP

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Travis Snider: 'It was an easy decision'

Bill Brink 1 day ago

MILWAUKEE -- Tuesday night, Travis Snider took his first at-bat with the Pirates since 2014, the most recent time he was on their roster. He joined the active roster as soon as it expanded from 25 to 40 players as a left-handed bat off the bench.

“Familiarity, comfort level, coaching staff,” Snider said before Tuesday’s game regarding why he chose to sign a minor league deal with the Pirates after the Orioles released him. “These guys have seen me probably at the best in my career. Getting a chance to work with Jeff Branson, Clint [Hurdle], being around this clubhouse. The friends, I consider my baseball family. It was an easy decision when it came down to making that final choice, for me and my wife. We were pretty sold on coming back here.”

Snider found playing time hard to come by with the Orioles. 

“All excuses aside, the American League bench role-play situation is different than the National League,” he said. “That's one thing that helped me out a lot here was getting those pinch-hits, being able to take what you're working on in practice and translate it into 90, 95 miles an hour, which was great, but the adjustment, like I said, in the American League that I didn't make.”

Getting consistent at-bats in a 10-game span with Indianapolis helped Snider regain his timing. Now he is working on returning to the approach that helped him put together such a strong second half in 2014.

“That was a big thing for me the last couple of years, is trusting my ability to hit the fastball to left-center and when the guys hang breaking stuff, you make them pay,” Snider said. “I think I got into a mode where it was swing-swing or take-take instead of, ’OK, I'm looking for one pitch in one spot and if I don't get it until two strikes, I'm going to battle.’ I think that's where, more than anything, being ready to hit when you get your pitch instead of trying to do too much when you're in the box.”

Game story: Cole roughed up early, Nelson continues to dominate Pirates.

Pirates notebook: Six players added to roster on expansion day. 

Coverage of the Brewers from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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Pirates minor league report 9/1

Post-Gazette Staff 1 day ago

INDIANAPOLIS (80-58) lost to Columbus, 10-6 after starter, RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-1, 2.41) gave up 6 earned runs on 1 hit and 5 walks in one-third of an inning. LF Keon Broxton (.262) was 3 for 5 with a 2-run homer, a double and 3 RBIs, while DH John Bowker (.204) hit his fifth homer of the season. 3B Alen Hanson (.269), 1B Josh Bell (.346) and CF Gorkys Hernandez (.278) each had 2 hits.

ALTOONA (72-64) defeated Bowie, 5-2. RHP Jason Creasy (11-8, 4.53) gave up 8 hits in 6 innings, but only allowed 2 runs, walked 1 and fanned 6 for the win. DH Erich Weiss (.290) was 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored, while RF Stetson Allie (.207) and CF Andy Vasquez (.241) each posted 2 hits.

BRADENTON (71-63) defeated Palm Beach, 4-3, in 10 innings as C Jin-De Jhang (.298) hit a walk-off solo homer to win it. RHP Junior Lopez (5-0, 2.88) pitched 3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out 3 for the win. 1B Edwin Espinal (.261) was 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (82-51) defeated Lexington, 3-2, in 10 innings as 1B Connor Joe (.241) drove in Kevin Newman (.296) with the winning run on a walk-off single. DH Jerrick Suiter (.290) was 2 for 4 and scored a run, while LF Elvis Escobar (.294) hit a 2-run homer.

WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS (37-33) defeated Batavia, 9-0 as RHP Tanner Anderson (1-0, 4.50) gave up 1 hit and struck out 1 in 2 innings of relief for the win. The Black Bears used 5 pitchers, who combined to allow 4 hits in the shutout. 2B Mitchell Tolman (.296) finished 3 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs. CF Casey Hughston (.218) and SS Erik Forgione (.260) each went 3 for 5 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

BRISTOL (29-36) ended its season with a 6-1 loss to Elizabethton. RHP Gage Hinsz (3-4, 3.79) gave up 2 runs – 1 earned – on 7 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 6 in 6 innings of work to take the loss. RF Nick Buckner (.275) and 1B John Bormann (.235) each went 3 for 5 with a double. CF Enyel Vallejo (.231) was 2 for 4 with a double.

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