Longoria homers, Balfour perfect, Rays top Twins

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Grant Balfour was perfect in his first appearance in a Tampa Bay uniform since 2010, helping the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Sunday. Jerry Sands also homered for the Rays, who got a quick third inning from Balfour, as well as 1 2/3 scoreless innings from starter Alex Cobb. Offseason acquisition Ricky Nolasco...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Sands Is A Reminder Of Prospect Inflation

(AP Photo)Back in October of 2012, Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands were sent from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Boston Red Sox to complete The Great Punto Deal from the previous August. De La Rosa is still a legitimate star in the Sox pitching constellation. Sands was considered by some to be an "X Factor" in the Sox organization—not just a "player to be named...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Claim Jerry Sands From Pirates

It was not the most attention-grabbing move of the offseason, but it was one that reflects the Tampa Bay Rays low-risk, high reward philosophy with their free agent acquisitions. The Rays claimed 26-year-old first baseman/corner outfielder Jerry Sands off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sands has embarked on an odyssey over the last two years. In October 2012, he was packaged...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment

The Pirates have designated Jerry Sands for assignment. (Photo Credit: David Hague) The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the signings of Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes official. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid for assignment. Sands isn’t a surprise, since he was out of options and didn’t fit into the Pirates plans as a top...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: De Jesus Stays Hot With Two Hits

On a slow night on the schedule, Ivan De Jesus Jr went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. He is hitting .476 through seven games, all of which have been played at second base. Jerry Sands went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He is 5-for-18 in five games this season, but he has struck out eight times already and has not scored a run. In the Dominican, Carlos Paulino went 1-for...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Harold Ramirez Makes Season Debut Today

In Venezuela, David Bromberg made his fifth start. He was unable to get through five innings in three of his four prior starts. Bromberg went 5.1 innings on Thursday night, allowing two runs(one earned) on four hits and three walks. He had six strikeouts and six ground ball outs. Bromberg ranks seventh in the VWL with a 2.66 ERA in 23.2 innings. Ramirez was named best prospect in...
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November 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Jerry Sands Drives In First Run

In a light day of action on Monday, Jerry Sands went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He had a single and a sacrifice fly. There was only one game in Puerto Rico due to the weather. Sands is 1-for-7 through two games. In the Dominican, Matt Hague went 0-for-4 in his team’s 4-3 loss. Hague is hitting .306 through ten games. Gregory Polanco had the day off one night after having his 13 game...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Jerry Sands 2011 Bowman Sterling RC Black Refractor Auto /25

There are still a handful of Jerry Sands' cards I'm looking to add to my collection of the former Dodgers' prospect, and today I get to showcase one I recently landed.Numbered 23/25, it's a black refractor rookie auto of Jerry from 2011 Bowman Sterling. It was had for less than half a blaster and I like everything about the card, though I wish the sticker were hard-signed instead.
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September 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Jerry Sands Homers Twice, But Indians Lose Second Playoff Game

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
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September 05, 2013  |  Discuss

RSL Poll: The trade that saved Beantown

The Guru Contributing Writer Sunday will mark the one-year anniversary of the trade that transformed two teams. Last August 25, in the midst of a disappointing and dysfunctional season, the Boston Red Sox cut loose a collection of highly paid, under performing, quick to excuse making stars and shipped them off to the one place crazy enough to take them. Hollywood. The Los...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Sands' two-out double subdues Clippers, Matsuzaka

INDIANAPOLIS- Columbus right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka glided through the first five innings of play before Indianapolis right fielder Jerry Sands stroked a two-out bases-clearing double in the sixth to top the Clippers 3-2 Wednesday. Matsuzaka took a 2-0 advantage heading into the inning but issued a string of three consecutive singles to lead off the sixth. He settled down a...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates swap Tim Alderson for Russ Canzler in minor move

The Pirates first move of Trade Deadline Season, they sent minor league reliever Tim Alderson to the Orioles today in return for Four Corners guy Russ Canzler. Canzler is your protypical Quadruple-A guy; he never really hit well for a corner infielder/outfielder in the Cubs' system until he was way too old for his level, then he had a nice year with Tampa's Triple-A affiliate...
July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Holmes and Sandfort Lead Full Slate On Thursday

Indianapolis had their game against Columbus suspended in the 13th inning with the score tied at four runs apiece. The two teams will complete that game prior to Saturday’s meeting in Indianapolis. West Virginia’s game was suspended in the third inning. They will complete that game today, then play their regularly scheduled game, which will now be seven innings. Altoona returns...
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July 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: d’Arnaud to the Triple-A DL, Sands Activated for Indianapolis

Chase d’Arnaud has been placed on the Triple-A DL. (Photo Credit: David Hague) A few minor league disabled list updates for Indianapolis this afternoon. **Chase d’Arnaud has been placed on the disabled list, retro July 5th. **Brett Carroll has also been placed on the disabled list. **Jerry Sands has been activated from the DL. No word on the injuries to d’Arnaud or Carroll...
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

99 Grains of Orange Sands At Its Finest

I recently picked up another piece towards completion of my 2011 Topps Finest RC Auto Rainbow of Jerry Sands. It's the Orange Parallel /99, and my copy (82/99) ran me just $2.99 delivered with free shipping.The rest of the rainbow I've thus far acquired.Gold, /75.XFractor, /299.Refractor, /499.
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Pirates Release Avila and Herrand; Hanson to the DL

The Pirates have released Eric Avila. Catching up on all of the minor league transactions from the last few days. **Jerry Sands and Matt Curry are both on rehab assignments with the GCL Pirates. **Eric Avila has been released by the Pirates. The third baseman was hitting for a .234/.259/.414 line in 111 at-bats this year. He was doing well in the month of June, with a .339/.383/...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Prospects to Appear on ESPN 970 With David Todd On Wednesdays

David Todd of ESPN 970 will be hosting an hour-long segment called “The Lumber Hour” each Wednesday from 6-7 PM. The show focuses specifically on the Pirates each week. I was on the first episode of the show last week, and will be a regular guest appearing most Wednesdays to talk about the prospects in the minor league system. You can hear my segment tonight around 6:30 PM. This...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Jerry Sands to the DL; Allie, Castro, Navarro Official

Jerry Sands has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list. (Photo Credit: David Hague) Here are the minor league moves from this afternoon. **Jerry Sands has been placed on the Indianapolis DL, and the move has been backdated to June 17th. No word on the injury, although the minors only have a seven day DL, so the fact that this is backdated indicates that he won’t be out long...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Winners and losers in the Red Sox/Dodgers trade from last August

Last August, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox completed one of the most famous post trading deadline trades in history. The Red Sox sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left fielder Carl Crawford, right-hander Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for first baseman James Loney, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr., outfielder/first baseman Jerry...
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June 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Clippers trounced by Indians, 11-0

COLUMBUS- In retrospective, the Clippers might have wished that the downpour prior to Friday’s action would have canceled the game all together.  After the hour and 15 minute rain delay, Columbus was beat up in an 11-0 routing by the Indianapolis Indians. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate demonstrated why they are the best team in the International League, dominating...
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June 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: Jerry Sands Could Be a Good In-Season Addition For the Pirates

Jerry Sands has three homers in his last four games. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Jerry Sands was struggling all around, and how there were no silver linings to his game. He wasn’t hitting right-handers or left-handers. He wasn’t hitting for power. It wasn’t a home/road split, or a situation where you could point to the most recent games with hope that he was turning things...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Homers Twice; Sands, Sanchez, and Herrera Also Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Sands of Gold.

I recently added a sweet new Jerry Sands to my modest collection of the former Dodgers' prospect. It's a sort-of-rainbow I'm sort of working on, and the price was right on my newest piece to that colorful puzzle.Numbered 06/75, it's the gold parallel of Jerry's '11 Topps Finest RC Auto. I have this gold to go along with the Refractor (/499) and XFractor (...
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May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Notebook: The Other Guys From the Hanrahan Trade

Joel Hanrahan was placed on the disabled list in Boston yesterday with right forearm tightness. I’ve pointed out in the past that the Hanrahan trade is looking good, simply because of how Hanrahan’s value has plummeted, Mark Melancon has rebounded to a top reliever, and Stolmy Pimentel has gotten off to a great start in Altoona. The fact that the Pirates got four years of Melancon...
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May 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Trends: Some Fast Starts for West Virginia Hitters

Allie’s fast start has stirred much talk The season’s first two weeks have produced some noteworthy performances in the Pirates’ farm system, both good and bad. It’s way too early to start drawing any conclusions from these performances, but it’s not too early to scope out some players who’ll be interesting to follow closely, either with enthusiasm or concern. The biggest...
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April 18, 2013  |  Discuss

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