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Minor Moves: Domino Effect from the Mason Martin Promotion


We announced on Sunday night that first baseman Mason Martin was promoted to the Bradenton Marauders. He’s joining the team today and that led to a chain reaction of moves in the system.

The Marauders released outfielder Ryan Peurifoy to make room on the roster for Martin. The 24-year-old, 38th round pick from 2017, hit .117/.221/.217 in 30 games split between Altoona and Bradenton this season. He provided his value on the defensive side, looking like the best outfielder for both of those clubs, with the ability to play all three spots.

With Martin leaving Greensboro, that opened up first base for Luke Mangieri (pictured above), who has been playing in Morgantown. He hit .328/.418/.517 in 17 games with the Black Bears this season. The 22-year-old Mangieri was the 25th round pick in last year’s draft.

Finally, Bristol moves up Brendt Citta, who was hitting .262/.385/.446 in 18 games. I talked about the 22-year-old Citta in our top performers article yesterday. The 2018 38th round pick was injured during Spring Training, so he returned to the same level as last year, but he’s been hitting well lately. With this year’s 20th round pick (Jake Snider) about to join the outfield in Bristol, Citta’s move will also open up playing time for him.

If any other minor moves are announced today, we will post them here.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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