-- The Pirates finished 0-6 against the Padres. It's the first time San Diego has swept the season series in its 42 year history.
-- We might be wrong about Andy LaRoche becoming the next Bobby Crosby. Argenis Diaz has been practicing at shortstop, third and second base, and gotten some work in the outfield, and is auditioning for next year's super-sub spot.
-- Danny Moskos has had such a hard time adjusting to AAA hitting that the Bucs sent the lefty back to Altoona, tweets Jen Langosch of MLB.com. In 17 IP, he gave up 26 hits (.347 OBA), including 3 HR's, and walked 20. His record was 0-5 with a 10.38 ERA and a 2.56 WHIP. The only bright spot is that he K'ed 18.
--The Pirates signed 11th round draft pick Dan Grovatt, according to Jay Jenkins of the The Daily Progress. The junior outfielder hitt .324 over the past three years with 40 doubles, nine triples, 20 homers and 24 stolen bases. Grovatt was assigned to State College.
His bonus is unknown, but two factors that played into his signing were that the Pirates granted him time in the fall to complete his degree and his fear of the future after having a torn UCL this season.
-- Tim Williams of Pirate Prospects has been busy lately; now he's adding 2+2 and hoping it totals up to Jameson Taillon's signing being a done deal. Here's the post.
-- Chris Jakubauskas has resumed his Indy rehab assignment. He came back from the concussion last month and promptly pulled a groin muscle during his first rehab stint.
-- The Pirates, media favorites to land pitching prospect Luis Heredia, will have to cool their heels until the 18th or 19th to see where he lands. His team, Veracruz, controls his rights and wants to wait until the draft signing period is over to try to extract a little higher price for the 16 year-old, as they get the lion's share of the signing bonus.