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August 25, 2009

Pirate Notes: Prospect headed to fall league

PITTSBURGH — Jose Tabata probably won’t be called up to the Pirates in September when the major-league roster limit expands from 25 to 40.

Instead, the Pirates outfield prospect, who has already reached Class AAA Indianapolis at 21, will continue his development by playing in the Arizona Fall League for Scottsdale, beginning in early October.

Tabata was rated as the Pirates’ third-best prospect coming into this season by Baseball America behind Pedro Alvarez and Andrew McCutchen. Tabata was hitting .321 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 19 games for Indianapolis going into Tuesday’s action after batting .303 with two homers and 25 RBIs in 61 games for Class AA Altoona to begin the season.

“There probably aren’t going to be many at-bats for him at the major-league level in September and it will help him more to play every day in Arizona,” player development director Kyle Stark said Tuesday night before the Pirates played the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park in the opener of a three-game series.

“We’re excited about having Jose go to Arizona and the entire contingent we’re sending. It’s a talented group and they should all benefit from playing in such a good league.”

Also playing for Scottsdale, which will be managed by Pirates minor-league field coordinator Jeff Banister, will be left-handers Donnie Veal, Daniel Moskos and Tony Watson, shortstop Brian Friday and middle infielder Chase d’Arnaud.

Veal has spent the entire season with the Pirates as a Rule 5 Draft pick but pitched only

10 innings. The 24-year-old has gone 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in

11 relief appearances and is currently on the disabled list with a sprained left index finger.

Moskos, 23, is 10-9 with a 3.78 ERA in 24 games, 23 starts, with Altoona. Moskos will be used in relief in the AFL as he has already pitched 131 innings this season.

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