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Friday, December 2, 2022

Minor Moves: Jerrick Suiter Assigned to Bristol, Pirates Release Pitcher

The Pittsburgh Pirates released left-handed pitcher Alexander Gutierrez. He spent one year in the Venezuelan Summer League, then transferred to the Dominican Summer League in 2013 when the Pirates dropped their VSL team. Gutierrez was in Extended Spring Training this year and was placed on the Bristol roster, but never actually made an appearance in 2014. The 21-year-old had major control issues during each of his three seasons and that resulted in limited work and poor results. He has good size and kept the ball on the ground, plus he is a lefty, so he was moved to the States this year, but things obviously didn’t work out.

A few days ago, 26th round pick Jerrick Suiter signed with the Pirates after his TCU team was eliminated from the College World Series. Suiter has been assigned to the Bristol roster. You can view his player page here.

Both Nate Baker and Dan Gamache had their rehab assignments moved from the GCL Pirates to Jamestown. With the GCL Pirates, Baker made two scoreless one inning appearances, allowing one hit, no walks and he had one strikeout. Gamache went 2-for-7 with an RBI in two starts. Both players had missed the entire season up until this week.

Earlier today, it was announced that Wyatt Mathisen was placed on the disabled list after he suffered a lower left leg injury. JaCoby Jones was activated from the DL and took his place on the West Virginia roster. More info on those moves in the link above.

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Traco Bucco

I hope that Mathisen gets back out there as soon as possible. OPS by month:

April – .574
May – .697
June – .807

He’s only 20, so he’s still young for his level.

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