The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann and assigned him to the Indianapolis Indians. To make room on the roster, Jeremy Bleich has been placed on the temporary inactive list, retroactive to Saturday due to personal reasons.
Herrmann has 95 games worth of Major League experience, last playing for the Cleveland Indians in 2012. He has a 4.26 ERA in 120.1 innings, spread out over three seasons, all with the Indians. He was playing for Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League this year, where he had a 4.05 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. Herrmann last pitched on August 3rd.
Also in the organization, Bristol infielder Jose Salazar retired. The 21-year-old has been in the system since 2011, spending one year in Venezuela, two the in DSL and two years with Bristol. He was hitting .230/.278/.243 in 20 games this season and his playing time had diminished recently.
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.