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Pirates sign Holt, assign him to State College

Saturday, June 20, 2009

• The Pirates signed ninth-round draft pick Brock Holt, a second baseman out of Rice University. He was to be assigned to short-season Class A State College.

• The signing bonus for second-round pick Brooks Pounders was $670,000, which is right on slot. Pounders inked his deal Thursday.

• First-rounder Tony Sanchez will play five games with State College before joining low-A West Virginia. Sanchez will debut Saturday and stay with the Spikes through Wednesday. Sanchez will be in Wichita, Kan., on June 25-26 for the Johnny Bench Award ceremony, honoring the top catcher in college, then report to West Virginia on June 27.

• Manager John Russell said right-hander Charlie Morton will not have to be on a pitch count in his start today against Colorado. Morton's debut June 10 was cut short after one inning because of a high hamstring strain.

• The Pirates outfield made its first error of the season Thursday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last major-league team to go through its first 65-plus games without an outfield error was the 1998 Tampa Bay Devil Rays (71 games).

• Class A Lynchburg put pitchers Ronald Uviedo, Christian Castorri and Harrison Bishop on the disabled list. Uviedo, a right-hander, is on the Pirates' 40-man roster.

• Left-hander Mike Felix was added to State College's roster from extended spring training.


809 -- Double plays turned by shortstop Jack Wilson since his debut in 2001, third-most in the majors during that span.




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