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Minor Moves: Samaniego Promoted; Murray Released

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The Pittsburgh Pirates made some minor league moves ahead of today’s action. Here’s a summary.

Pitcher Tyler Samaniego was promoted from Greensboro to Altoona. The 23-year-old lefty was a 15th round draft pick last year. He allowed one earned run over seven innings with Bradenton last year. This season he has allowed one earned run on three hits over 17 innings, with a 24:11 SO/BB ratio in 14 appearances.

Pitcher Shea Murray was released. The 28-year-old right-hander struggled through six appearances this year with Indianapolis, allowing 15 hits and seven walks in 5.2 innings. He gave up 18 runs, though only eight were earned. He was an 18th round pick in 2017.

Outfielder Fabricio Macias has been activated from the injured list and he will remain with Greensboro, where he was on a rehab assignment. He’s hitting .167/.242/.267 in nine games this season.

Catcher Wyatt Hendrie has been placed on the 7-day injured list. Last year’s seventh round pick is hitting .214/.329/.300 in 24 games for Bradenton this season. Catchers Darwin Baez and Grant Koch have both been assigned to Bradenton. Neither has played yet this season. Geovanny Planchart, who has been the other catcher for Bradenton this year, has been assigned to the FCL roster. He has a .175 average this year in 20 games, and all of his hits have been singles.

Outfielder Angel Basabe has joined Bradenton as well. He has yet to play this season, spending the last two months at Pirate City. The 21-year-old hit .214/.314/.308 last year in the FCL.

Lefty pitcher Joe Jacques will begin a rehab assignment with Bradenton tonight. He has yet to pitch this season.

Reliever Oliver Mateo returns to Greensboro after being out since May 3rd. He has eight runs allowed, ten walks and 11 strikeouts in 7.1 innings this year.

If there are any more transactions on the minor league side, they will be added 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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