According to CentreDaily.com the Pirates 9th round pick Tony Watson is looking good. He is 6-0 with a 1.63 ERA in the NY-Penn League.
Wow, good press on a Pirates draft choice. How odd is that?
The Providence Journal is the latest publication to mention the Pirates and Wily Mo in the same sentence.
The Pirates have two relievers — Damaso Marte and Salomon Torres — to deal for Pena, though to date the two teams have yet to come to an agreement. The clubs were scheduled to talk again last night.
Chicago has made super-utilityman Rob Mackowiak available, but according to teams who have talked to the Red Sox, Boston has little interest in him.
Nothing new here with Pena, outside of talks are ongoing. Look for Pena and a minor leaguer or two to come to Pittsburgh for both bullpen arms if a deal is struck. as mentioned in the Post Gazette, Torres' grievance filed against the Pirates may be a tripping point.
Mack-o-wack on the blocks. I hope he goes to a contender not from NY.
Quick notes from the Minors:
SS Brian Bixler is batting .290.
1B Steve Pearce (.335) hit his 24th home run (13 with Altoona) going 2 for 4 with 4 RBIs.
3B Neil Walker (.298) went 2 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBIs.
CF Andrew McCutchen (.243) went 1 for 4 with a walk.
Good news McCutchen has recovered somewhat nicely since his early season issues.
Pearce is simply a masher, but I am shocked with the BA.
Walker is still around .500, which speaks nicely for an Arrival at AAA next season.
Bixler may get a call up if DL can find a taker for Jack-O.