Minor Moves: Pirates Add Henry Davis and Brennan Malone to FCL Roster; Shortridge Returns

The Pittsburgh Pirates added three players on rehab to the Florida Complex League roster today, headlined by catcher Henry Davis and pitcher Brennan Malone. They also added pitcher Enmanuel De Los Santos to the roster today.

Davis last played on May 12th, in his second game with Altoona. He had a prior wrist injury that has now kept him out for nearly four full weeks. At the time of the injury, he was hitting .333/.454/.598 in 24 games this season, spending most of that time with Greensboro. He’s ranked as the top/2nd best prospect in the Pirates system by nearly every source.

Malone has yet to pitch this season, and he has pitched just 14 innings since joining the Pirates in the Starling Marte trade. He has been out this season due to shoulder soreness. At the time of his acquisition, he was ranked by some as one of the top ten prospects in the Pirates system.

The 21-year-old De Los Santos has pitched just ten games since signing with the Pirates before the 2018 season, and he hasn’t pitched since 2019 due to multiple injuries. His last action saw him put up a 2.51 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings in the GCL.

If any more minor league moves come up today, they will be added here.


Aaron Shortridge has been sent to Bradenton on rehab. He will be pitching for the first time since 2019. He missed 2021 and the start of this year due to Tommy John surgery. At the time of his injury, he was moving up the prospect charts, so his return should be very interesting.

Wyatt Hendrie was activated off of the injured list after missing a week and Bradenton also added Norkis Marcos to the roster. He has yet to debut this year. Catcher Jakob Goldfarb was released to make room on the roster. He was an off-season minor league free agent signing, who saw sporadic play this season as the third catcher/DH.

Joe Jacques had his rehab assignment moved to Altoona from Bradenton. He threw three shutout innings last week.

Justin Meis and Nick Dombkowski have both been promoted, the second promotion this year for the latter. Meis has been starting in Bradenton, going 41 innings, with a 3.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 42 strikeouts. He goes to Greensboro. Dombkowski has a 1.73 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 26 innings for Bradenton/Greensboro. He goes to Altoona.

Pitcher Jose Vasquez and outfielder Heiron Montalban have been released from the DSL Pirates. Neither player made it to the states and Vasquez was injured his entire time in the system, failing to debut after signing in July of 2019.

One more to add. Carlos Canache has been released. He spent the 2019 and 2021 seasons in the GCL/FCL, where he had a .737 OPS in 30 games last year.

Catcher Joe Jimenez is also no longer in the system, though it appears that he hasn’t been around since Spring Training, whether he was released or retired is unknown.

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Davis back on IL, hit by another pitch…….what the heck.


If Parada is the best hitter available, we should draft him.

Ethan Hullihen

And that answers the whereabouts for all of the players I had as pending, aside from Jhosmmel Zue.

Thanks John


John, Are Alemais or Kaiser still in the system?

Wilbur Miller


Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Is today some sort of significant date? I checked the MiLB transactions page, and there seems to be an unruly amount of transactions today.

Wilbur Miller

Does it show Meis and Dombkowski?

For the Pirates, I think there’s a domino effect at work.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

It seems the Pirates specific transaction page, which I found on Marauders site, took a while to update, but main MiLB site has everything now. It’s 3 pages, last I checked

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Now it’s 4. I don’t check it everyday, but it didn’t seem to be much more than a dozen or so onto the 2nd page most days

Wilbur Miller

Anyway, I wasn’t coming to LECOM today, but Shortridge . . . .

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Goldfarb released (not sure if mentioned anywhere)

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Probably. I saw all your tweets lol

I’m super excited for the Shortridge update.


Yep, on my short-list of “piqued-s”


A Vulcan mind meld ??  😀 


de los Santos very rusty. Walked 3 of the first 5 batters to face him then uncorked a wild pitch to let in a run. Did strike out 3 in 2 innings to limit the damage, and Davis nailed two runners trying to steal. Nice to have friends in high places.


Wooohooo! Bout damn time Malone. Now stay healthy and let’s get rolling


Good to see Davis return


Bucs should call the Carnegie Museum and get Hank some armor for at bats.


i just want to see malone healthy and pitching. is that too much to ask, baseball gods


Probably, but asking shouldn’t hurt.


I keep forgetting how young he still is. Won’t be 22 till September.


A Brennan sighting…what has he been working on? Will the trade pay off? Is his head on straight?
Enquiring minds want to know!


Considering Peguero was the other half of the return for Marte, the trade still looks good at the moment. If Malone can stay healthy and be productive, I would call the trade a win.


Even without Malone or Maguire, the promise of Liover Peguero playing SS for the Pirates in 2022 or 2023 balances the trade. The Pirates were heading into a self-induced dive to unload any expensive players, and Marte responded by becoming an even better player than he had been with the Pirates.

Malone did well with 4 GO, 4 K’s in his 3 innings of work, only one earned run. Surprised to see he and Davis in the lineup.


I had completely forgotten about that part of the deal. Thanks for the reminder 🙂


A few questions – Jeral Toledo is he really 6’0″ and only 135 lbs? Jesus Castillo in his listing of B/T he is listed R/S – is that correct or bass ackwards?


Thanks (and yes Peguero by himself is at least a wash)

Wilbur Miller


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