Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Notes, Minor Moves

LHP Paul Maholm (4-8, 3.21) will go against Toronto's RHP Brandon Morrow (3-4, 4.90). The game starts at 7:07 PM and will be broadcast on Root Sports.

The lineup: Alex Presley LF, Chase d'Arnaud 3B, Garrett Jones DH, Andrew McCutchen CF, Neil Walker 2B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Xavier Paul RF, Ronny Cedeno SS, Eric Fryer C, Paul Maholm P.

Presley and d'Arnaud are at the top of the order, Fryer the bottom, and the X-Man is getting some time, too. We'll say this for Clint Hurdle: except for a certain Dominican SS, he gets everybody some time.
  • Altoona had five players earn a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team. They are LHP Jeff Locke (5-6, 4.29), RHP Aaron Pribanic (5-5, 3.52), 2B Brock Holt (.289/1/22), 3B Jeremy Farrell (.285/5/33) and OF Starling Marte.  Also, manager PJ Forbes, along with coaches Wally Whitehurst, Brandon Moore and trainer Mike Zalno will form the coaching staff for the Western Division club as the Curve won the Western Division in 2010.
  • Rinku Singh, one of two Indian "Million Dollar Arms" who the Pirates signed in November 2008, has been promoted to from the GCL Pirates to State College. The 22 year old LHP has a career 3.06 ERA in 25 minor league games, all but one in the Rookie League, with 33 Ks in 50 innings of work. 
  • Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects reported that Bucs announced the signing 27th round pick Ryan Hornback, a catcher who hit for a .310 average with San Jacinto College North last year.  He had a commitment to Mississippi.
  • Patrick Newman of the NPB Tracker tweeted that Josh Fields, who was hitting .365 in AAA for Colorado after being traded by the Bucs in late March, will sign with the Japanese League Yomiuri Giants.

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