Minor Moves: Rodolfo Nolasco and Abrahan Gutierrez Return; Chase De Jong Heads to Indianapolis

It’s a new week of minor league action, with Altoona already playing an early game today. There are some moves of note for three of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates.

Rodolfo Nolasco has joined Bradenton for the first time this season. He was dealing with a Spring Training injury, doing rehab work at Pirate City until now. The 21-year-old outfielder hit .239/.330/.425 in 77 games for Bradenton last year.

He played winter ball in Colombia during the off-season, which should have been the perfect level for him, but he really struggled. Nolasco hit .195/.314/.331 in 34 games, with 46 strikeouts in 140 plate appearances. He has some of the best power in the system, making a ton of loud contact, but it’s off-set by strikeouts.

Braylon Bishop was sent back to Extended Spring Training to make room in the Bradenton outfield. He hit .111/.273/.111 over eight games in his first shot at full-season ball.

Reliever Travis MacGregor rejoined Altoona. He was on the Temporary Inactive List for a short time.

Catcher Abrahan Gutierrez rejoined Greensboro after missing a week on the Injured List. He was hitting .303/.410/.455 in 39 plate appearances at the time of his injury.

Luis Hernandez caught in place of Gutierrez last week. He has been placed on the Development List. He went 2-for-8 with two RBIs in his limited time.

Chase De Jong joins Indianapolis on a rehab assignment tonight. He has been on the Injured List since April 14th with a lumbar spine muscle sprain.

If anything else comes up today, we will update this article.

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De jong is probably going to stay in indy right?


I hope they can fix Bishop’s issues. A lot of untapped talent at this point. However, if he can’t hit he can not use any of that talent.


couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

great athlete, but no fixing that.

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