The Pittsburgh Pirates had some minor league movement over the last two days involving all five affiliates in the U.S. Here’s a recap of the moves.
Infielder Chris Owings was designated for assignment by the Pirates over the weekend. He cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Indianapolis. He had the right to refuse the assignment, but chose to join Indianapolis, where he is now active. He hit .160/.160/.160 in 11 games for the Pirates.
Outfielder Chavez Young was sent from Indianapolis to Altoona in the roster shuffle. He debuted with Altoona yesterday, collecting two hits. He batted .195/.336/.356 in 42 games with Indianapolis.
Pitcher Matt Eckelman was transferred to the Development List to make room on the Altoona roster. He has a 6.12 ERA, a 1.88 WHIP and 11 strikeouts over 25 innings this year.
Francisco Acuna returned from his 80-game suspension handed down late last year. He has been assigned to Bradenton. The 23-year-old had an .813 OPS for Greensboro last year.
The Pirates sent Javier Rivas to the FCL Pirates. The 6’7″ (possibly 6’8″) shortstop hit .188/.233/.244 in 46 games with Bradenton. He struck out 74 times in 190 plate appearances. The 20-year-old Rivas put up a .756 OPS with the FCL Pirates last year, while showing a much better strikeout rate.
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