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Minor Moves: Bradenton Bullpen Gets A Makeover

After using Walker Gourley two days in a row, possibly the first time I’ve ever seen a position player do that, the Bradenton Marauders added some fresh arms to their bullpen.

The first move that left them somewhat short-handed, was promoting Tyler Waldron to Altoona and getting Brandon Mann back in return. Mann had just pitched five innings in place of Zack Dodson, who was a late scratch from his start, so Mann wasn’t any use to the Marauders.

Today, they brought up both Andy Otamendi and Oderman Rocha from Extended Spring Training and sent out Bryton Trepagnier and Josh Smith. The latter two were used for a combined seven innings on Wednesday, so neither was available short-term.

Otamendi is a 21-year-old lefty that split last season between the GCL Pirates and Jamestown. He has pitched three years in the Pirates organization.

Rocha is a 21-year-old righty, who also split last season between the GCL and New York-Penn League. He was called on last year for emergency duty for the Marauders, so pitching in Bradenton isn’t new too him. In two appearances, he allowed three runs over six innings.

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