Tag: Pittsburgh Iron Pigs

Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed

(GAME DATE — Oct. 27, 2020) — The offseason is upon us and before the arbitration hearings and free agency filings occur, the league’s four teams on the contraction chopping block will be folded and their players sent to free agency.

But, not before the remaining 16 teams have had an opportunity to pick through their rosters and select a number of players to take over their contracts or minor league rights. Continue reading “Contraction Draft Starts – Top Names Revealed”

Contraction 2021 Teams Set

(GAME DATE — Aug. 26, 2020) — The four teams set to be dissolved and removed from the Bull League have tentatively been set, allowing the remaining GMs to start scouting players in those organizations for the offseason contraction draft that will follow the playoffs.

The Norfolk Sharks, Dallas Deputies, Pittsburgh Iron Pigs, and Detroit Motorheads will be folded after the 2020 season, and their players made available to the remaining 16 teams in a modified draft that will aim to maintain the competitive balance between selected franchises. Continue reading “Contraction 2021 Teams Set”

Andy Boyles portrait

Chicago-Pittsburgh Trade Confirmed

(GAME DATE — July 30, 2020) — There were plenty of hugs and handshakes all around as 22-year-old minor league RHP Justin Hughes left the Chicago Pit Bulls today en route to joining the Pittsburgh Iron Pigs organization. 30-year-old RHP Andy Boyles will be traveling to Chicago Pit Bulls to complete the swap.

This year Boyles has compiled a 6-11 mark with a 5.18 ERA. Analysts think that Boyles has some upward potential still, showing demonstrated leadership on the field and a noted curveball. His career ERA is 3.91 and a team with better offense and younger defense like Chicago could see his season ERA drop down to near his career average again. Continue reading “Chicago-Pittsburgh Trade Confirmed”

Ohio, Pittsburgh Agree to Swap

(GAME DATE — July 30, 2020) — Sometimes a change of scenery can be a beneficial to a baseball player. That is the hope in Ohio and Pittsburgh as the teams came to an agreement today which sends 24-year-old 1B Bobby Leach and 20-year-old minor league 1B Paul Campeau to the Iron Pigs and 29-year-old RHP Marc Garland and 33-year-old LHP Josh Moore to the Oxen. “Only time will tell if this is the right move for everyone,” stated the Pittsburgh GM.

Leach is hitting .188 this year with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs and 4 runs scored. He has 6 hits in 32 at-bats, 2 walks and a .235 on-base percentage. Leach has played in 9 games.

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Martel Shuts Out Pittsburgh

(GAME DATE — May 15, 2020) — The Pittsburgh Iron Pigs had no answer today for Montreal Metros pitcher Judson Martel. They failed to score a single run against him, losing 4-0. Pittsburgh managed only 2 hits off Martel, who had 8 strikeouts.

The extraordinarily popular Martel got a standing ovation from the hometown crowd as he left the field, the applause continuing until he returned from the dugout to tip his cap to the crowd. Continue reading “Martel Shuts Out Pittsburgh”

2020 Preview: Lake League East

BOSTON BACK IN CHARGE

Boston is predicted to claim the LL East pennant handily in 2020.

(GAME DATE – April 1, 2020) — It’s no April Fool’s joke. Boston is our prediction to lead the Lake League East Division at the conclusion of the 2020 Championship Season. Last year’s division winners New York are predicted to come in 3rd, but realistically could bump Pittsburgh out of their 2nd place spot and secure a wild card spot at the end of the year.

The Brawlers have had a busy off-season making some important roster moves after posting their first sub-.500 season since 2012 last year. Their 80-82 finish was 14 games behind the NY Dragons, and they were 8 games behind the offensively deficient Toronto Nomads.

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