The Pittsburgh Pirates made some minor league moves ahead of Thursday night’s action. All of the moves reported so far come from the Altoona Curve. Here’s a rundown. If anything else is announced today, we will add it below.
Right-handed pitcher Beau Sulser has signed a minor league deal. This is his third stint with the Pirates. The 2017 tenth round pick worked his way to the majors last year, where he allowed nine runs (four earned) over 9.2 innings in four appearances for the Pirates.
He was lost on waiver to the Baltimore Orioles, who mostly had him in Triple-A. He pitched six games for the Orioles, allowing five runs on 16 hits, three walks and nine strikeouts in 12.2 innings.
The 29-year-old Sulser was placed on waivers in October of 2022, where the Pirates picked him back up. His stay was short, as he was released in November. He signed to play in Korea, where he struggled as a starter. He went 1-7, 5.62 in 49.2 innings over nine starts.
He has been assigned to Altoona.
Right-handed pitcher Grant Ford has been promoted from Greensboro to Altoona. The 2019 fifth round pick has pitched in relief for Greensboro in each of the last three seasons. This year he had a 3.94 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 42 strikeouts in 32 innings.
Outfielder Connor Scott has been placed on the 7-day Injured List. He has struggled in his second season with Altoona, hitting .209/.262/.326 in 48 games, though he has continued to make outstanding defensive plays.
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