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Outfielder Brandon Moss has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and an invite to 2011 Spring Training.
Moss was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this month and became a minor league free-agent.
Once a bright prospect of the Pirates, Moss was the main piece in the Jason Bay trade. Although he has shown success in the minors he has not been able to translate it to the majors: just .228 with 13 homers in 195 total games with the Pirates.
Steven Jackson and Brandon Moss have declared free-agency. Both Jackson and Moss were taken off the 40-man roster last week.
Jackson was awful in the majors for the Pirates. In 11.1 innings he allowed 11 runs (four home runs) and six walks.
Moss batted just .154 with two RBI in 17 games with the Pirates this season.
The Pirates re-signed left handed reliever Justin Thomas to a minor league deal for the 2011 season on Monday. He will also receive an invite to Spring Training. Thomas was 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 12 appearences with the Pirates.
According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Trib, He believes Brandon Moss will not be back with the Pirates for next year. Moss is a free-agent and has not lived up to the potential when he was key piece in the Jason Bay trade in 2008.
The Pirates made several roster moves on Wednesday.
- Wil Ledezma signed a one-year deal with the Bucs, avoiding arbitration.
- The Pirates’ outrighted Sean Gallagher, Brandon Moss and Justin Thomas to Triple-A Indy and were removed from the 40-man roster.
- Ross Ohlendorf, Jose Ascanio and Steve Pearce were taken off the 60-day Disabled list and added to the 40-man roster.
- Jeff Clement was removed from the 60-day Disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Indy.
- Chan Ho Park was removed from the 40-man roster and is a free agent.
During the 11th inning of Friday night’s 12-inning loss to the Reds, Aroldis Chapman came into pitch.
Words can not explain how nasty he is.
Aroldis Chapman vs Jose Tabata:
102 mph Fastball -Foul
102 mph Fastball -Swinging (might I add, he was not even close to catching it)
103 mph Fastball -Called strike three
Aroldis Chapman vs Neil Walker
101 mph Fastball -Ball
101 mph Fatball -Grounded to shortstop, 6-4.
Aroldis Chapman vs Garrett Jones
102 mph Fastball -Foul
90 mph Cutter -Swinging Strike
103 mph Fastball -Ball
103 mph Fastball -Ball
90 mph Cutter -Swinging Strike three
Yep, that is pretty close to my expression after the inning ended. In shock. I’ve seen clips of him pitching since he was brought up to the majors, but I was not prepared for that at all.
His cutter –90 mph– is the same speed as the average fastball. It is just unbelievable.
Brandon Moss has faced Chapman a few times when Moss was with Triple-A Indy, Chapman with Triple-A Louisville.
“First time I faced him, he threw behind me at 101 [mph],” Moss said. “He struck me out at least four times. I made contact twice against him. I grounded to second and it was like a moral victory.”
“At first you didn’t feel comfortable facing him because he was so wild,” Moss said. “Since he went to the bullpen he’s been lights out. He doesn’t look overwhelmed [in the Major Leagues]. He’s a weapon in any bullpen.”
Garrett Jones was asked what it was like to face Chapman in the 11th inning of Friday night’s game. “He has such a quick release,” Jones said. “You barely have time to react. I was trying to stay short and really see it. But he’s so quick to the plate you don’t have time to see the release point. He has very good arm speed.”
Since the Reds re-called Aroldis Chapman he is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in five appearences. He has five strikeouts, two walks in 4.1 innings. His fastball is clocked at 102 reguarly, and has even hit 105 mph on the gun.
On Wednesday afternoon before the game against the Braves, Penguins Sidney Crosby took batting pratice at PNC Park. He was joined with other memembers of the Penguins team as well. Crosby, shown in this video here, even blasted a few home runs.
Hey Crosby, if your looking for second job?..
- Before the game on Wednesday against the Braves, the Pirates presented Bobby Cox with a check for $5,000 toward his charity of choice (the Homeless Pets Foundation). It was the last time Cox would be a manager for the Atlanta Braves at PNC park. He ended his career 57-56 against the Pirates.
- Brandon Moss is excited to be getting an oppurtunity to play with the Pirates again saying: “I didn’t think I was going to have this opportunity and had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was going home. For some reason this season, the way I was playing in Triple-A, made me really see that I belong here and that I can be a really good major league baseball player. To have the opportunity to be here, when you didn’t think you were going to have it, it just feels great.”
- According to Elias Sports Bureau, Tuesday night was only the third time in the last 30 seasons that a team that was at least 40 games under .500 shut out a team that was at least 20 games over .500. The Tampa Bay Rays did it against the New York Yankees in 2001, and the Pirates did it against the New York Mets in 1985. (-Trib Live)
- Neil Walker extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest by a Pirates rookie since Rennie Stennett’s 18-game streak in 1971.
Brandon Moss, who struggled during Spring Training in 2010, is getting a chance to prove himself in the big leagues. This season for Triple-A Indy, Moss hit .266 with 22 homers and 96 RBI and was also named the Indians team MVP.
“We felt Brandon had done what he needed to do to deserve a call-up,” Huntington said. “At-bats will be difficult to come by due to the outfield numbers, but we felt adding Moss and Presley was the right move.”
Alex Presley finished the season with 166 hits combined from Indy and Altoona, which tied him with former Pirate Nate McLouth for the fifth most hits in a season by a minor league player.
“Alex provides a pinch-run/pinch-hit option off the bench that also gives us a defensive option in the outfield,” Huntington said. “Like Brandon, he earned a chance.”
News and Notes:
- With the eight inning double, Neil Walker pushed his hitting streak to 14 game. The longest by Pirates rookie since Johnny Ray hit in 14 straight in 1982.
- With the loss to the Pirates on Tuesday, the Braves are now in second-place, for the first time since May 30th, (one game behind the Phillies) in the National League East.
- The Braves have only been hitting .135 (5-for-37) with runners in scoring position over the past five games. And during that span, the Braves have left 42 men on base.
Derek Lowe 11-12, 4.53 ERA
Zach Duke 7-12, 5.24 ERA
Lowe missed his last start due to a sore right elbow. He is making his first start since Aug 29th, he allowed five runs through three innings against the Marlins. In Lowe’s last three starts, 16 innings pitched, he is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA.
The Braves are hitting just .250 as a team against left-handers. Duke pitched well his last start against the Nationals. He only went five innings but they were solid, four runs on five hits, walked three and struck out five.
“I expect to go seven or eight innings,” Duke said after his last start. “I’m upset I wasn’t able to give us more.”
The Pirates will re-call OF Alex Presley, OF Brandon Moss, SS Pedro Ciriaco, C Jason Jaramillo, RHP Brad Lincoln, LHP Justin Thomas, RHP Brian Bass and RHP Steven Jackson from Triple-A Indy prior to Tuesday’s game against the Braves.
Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff Clement were moved to the 60-day DL.
Aki Iwamura and Erik Kratz were Designated for Assignment.