The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved their first 2022 draft pick to full-season ball and he brings two rehab players with him. Jack Brannigan, Lolo Sanchez and Nick Gonzales have all been added to the Bradenton roster for Saturday.
Brannigan was the third round pick this year. He’s a two-way player who is playing third base right now, but shows promise on the mound. He played two games for the FCL Pirates, going 1-for-5 with a single, walk and a HBP. He is the only 2022 draft pick to see action so far for the Pirates.
Nick Gonzales was assigned to the FCL Pirates on rehab yesterday, but that game got rained out, and the team was off today, so his rehab got moved to Bradenton instead. He last played on May 31st.
Lolo Sanchez played two games for the FCL Pirates on his rehab assignment. He went 0-for-6 with a HBP. He has been out of action since June 22nd. He was hitting .252/.364/.368 in 47 games with Altoona this year.
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