The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted relief pitcher Wirfin Obispo to Indianapolis after he cleared waivers. Obispo was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates picked up catcher Ramon Cabrera off waivers. Obispo has been with Indianapolis since being picked up off waivers on June 1st from the Atlanta Braves. In 25.2 innings over 23 appearances, he has a 3.16 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.