Both infielder Michael Martinez and first baseman Chris McGuiness have cleared waivers and they were both outrighted to AAA Indianapolis. The Pittsburgh Pirates designated both players for assignment within the last week while making room on 40-man roster for John Holdzkom and Chase d’Arnaud.
Martinez had multiple stints for the Pirates, hitting .128/.209/.154 in 39 at-bats over 25 games. McGuiness spent the entire year in Indianapolis, where he hit .264/.358/.412 and led all Pirates minor league players with 31 doubles.
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.