Gonzales transferred to 60-day IL

June 21st, 2022

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Gonzales transferred from 7-day to 60-day injured list, the Pirates’ No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was transferred from the 7-day to the 60-day injured list. Gonzales hasn’t played since May 31 and has been battling heel discomfort, but he was originally considered day to day. In 43 games this season, Gonzales is hitting .247/.366/.377 with four home runs and four steals. -- Justice delos Santos

Peguero optioned to Double-A Altoona (June 20)
As expected,  was optioned back to Double-A Altoona with SS Oneil Cruz and OF Bligh Madris being called up. In what will likely be his lone Major League game this season, Peguero collected his first hit and first walk. -- Justice delos Santos

Priester fans 3 in scoreless Double-A debut (June 19)
Quinn Priester’s long-awaited Double-A debut was everything he could have hoped for.

Working his way back from an oblique issue that’s limited him to three starts this year, Pittsburgh’s No. 4 prospect struck out three over three innings of work in Altoona’s 2-1 loss to Erie. The righty hit the first batter of the game and allowed a leadoff double to begin the second frame, but both times he was able to work out of trouble with the help of a double-play ball and two strikeouts, respectively. Priester tossed 26 of his 36 pitches for strikes and generated five swings-and-misses.

It was a nice bounce-back for the 2019 first-rounder, who allowed five earned runs on six hits in his previous outing with High-A Greensboro. -- Stephanie Sheehan

OF Canaan Smith-Njigba placed on 60-day injured list (June 17)
Smith-Njigba, ranked as the Pirates’ No. 21 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was placed on the 60-day injured list on June 17 with a non-displaced fracture in his right wrist. Smith-Njigba reached base in all three games with the Pirates since being called up on June 13. Dating to his time with Triple-A Indianapolis, Smith-Njigba had reached base in 43 of his last 44 games. -- Justice delos Santos

SS Liover Peguero earns first Major League callup (June 17)
Peguero, ranked as Pittsburgh's No. 5 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was called up for the first time in his Major League career just hours prior to the Pirates’ 2-0 loss to the Giants at PNC Park. The promotion is, yes, a product of circumstance and geography. For Peguero, those factors don’t dilute the experience one bit. Full story >> -- Justice delos Santos

RHP Mike Burrows promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis (source) (June 15)
The Pirates have promoted Burrows to Triple-A Indianapolis, multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com. Burrows, the Pirates’ No. 11 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had a 2.94 ERA and 2.76 FIP in 12 starts this season for Double-A Altoona. -- Justice delos Santos

Peguero stuffs box score for Altoona (June 11)
Though he wasn't able to complete the cycle with the hit that requires the most speed, Liover Peguero was still able to show off his wheels for Double-A Altoona.

The Pirates' fifth-ranked prospect swiped his 13th bag of the season in addition to three hits -- a single, double and home run -- in the Curve's 5-2 win over Reading.

Peguero's home run came on a unique play. Fightin Phills center fielder Chris Sharpe looked to be tracking the high fly as he drifted onto the warning track and even looked to have control of the ball as he leapt against the wall, but it squeaked out of his glove and over the fence as Peguero rounded the bases with his fifth round-tripper of the season.

The effort extended Peguero's modest hitting streak to five games, though it was his first multi-hit game of the stretch. Despite a .237 average in June, his season line sits at a strong .298/.323/.490. -- Jacob Resnick

Chandler makes debut on the bump (June 11)
Bubba Chandler made his professional pitching debut for Pittsburgh for the Rookie-level FCL Pirates 2 on Saturday. The Pirates' No. 9 prospect was used as a designated hitter and shortstop in his first professional season.

In his first pitching appearance, the Pirates' third-round pick (72nd overall) in 2021 tossed a scoreless inning while facing the minimum batters and striking out one.

The 19-year-old was originally committed to his hometown college team Georgia before flipping and signing with Clemson to play quarterback and baseball for the Tigers. He never ended up playing with either collegiate team.

The right-hander's decision to turn pro came after going through an 8,000 calorie-a-day diet in his senior year at North Oconee High School to go from 150 pounds to nearly 200 pounds in just five months, helping his fastball increase to 97 mph. He now stands at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds. -- Ethan Sands

Priester's debut sparks Marauders no-hitter (June 9)
Pirates fans waited longer than they expected to see Quinn Priester on a mound this season. His debut was worth it.

Baseball’s No. 48 overall prospect dealt the first three innings of a historic night, striking out one and facing just one over the minimum, and three relievers followed to complete a no-hitter for Single-A Bradenton in a 3-0 win over visiting Clearwater.

Priester opened his night by retiring the first three batters in order, all on groundouts, and needed just nine pitches to get through the first inning. After plunking Clearwater’s Leandro Pineda with one out in the second, the right-hander retired the next five he faced to close his day. Full story »

Catcher Henry Davis A-OK after HBP (June 8)
Davis, the No. 20 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline, is fine after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday, Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk confirmed. Tomczyk noted that when Davis got hit, the game was already at the 3 1/2-hour mark, and Davis had gotten enough work in. Davis is wearing padding on his left wrist and left elbow. Tomczyk anticipates Davis will move from the Florida Coast League to Single-A Bradenton soon.

Additionally, Tomczyk confirmed that , baseball's No. 18 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had a right heel contusion and was placed on the seven-day injured list but will be back in games this week.

Pirates promote outfielder  from Triple-A Indianapolis (June 4)
The Pirates have promoted Swaggerty from Triple-A Indianapolis following Saturday’s 2-1 win over the D-backs, per a source. Swaggerty is expected to be in Pittsburgh in time for Sunday’s game. Swaggerty would become the seventh player to make his debut for the Bucs this season. -- Justice delos Santos

Health updates from the farm (June 1)
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk provided medical updates on several top prospects.

Nick Gonzales had an “incorrect step” and has been diagnosed as day to day with heel discomfort. Gonzales will likely be out of the lineup for a couple days.

Oneil Cruz has a “very mild ankle sprain.” His availability will be determined based on how he feels, but it is not seen as a “big issue," per Tomczyk.

Henry Davis (non-displaced fracture of left wrist) has resumed all baseball activities. The goal is for him to ramp up baseball activities by week’s end and potentially transfer to Florida for more specific hitting drills.

Quinn Priester (oblique) came out of a live bullpen session well and is making “really nice strides," said Tomczyk. -- Justice delos Santos