Angels promote third base prospect Kaleb Cowart

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Via the official Twitter account of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim …

Cowart, the 18th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, has batted .323/.395/.491 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 62 games this season at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old will make his major league debut at third base Tuesday night against the White Sox and could see semi-regular starts at the hot corner for Anaheim until David Freese returns in a couple weeks from his fractured right index finger.

Gillaspie, 28, hit just .203/.250/.344 in 68 plate appearances with Anaheim. He opened the 2015 regular season as the White Sox starting third baseman but is now without a 40-man roster spot.

Report: Pirates to convert JB Shuck into two-way player

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Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports that the Pirates have decided to convert outfielder JB Shuck into a two-way player. Recent comments relayed from the club’s director of player development, Larry Broadway, indicated that the outfielder would be coached in developing his pitching skills while working at Triple-A Indianapolis.

Per Broadway, the change would be enacted to help the veteran outfielder develop some much-needed versatility in the majors, where he’s only ever been limited to outfield and DH responsibilities. Well, except for the two games in which he pitched an inning of relief: once, against the Nationals in a blowout 11-4 loss in 2016, then in a similarly painful loss to the Diamondbacks this past April. During the latter outing, he finished the game with a 13-pitch ninth inning after allowing just one hit and one walk.

Add to that one minor-league outing in 2012, and the 31-year-old Shuck has pitched just three times over the course of his 12-season career in pro ball. While he has three years of experience on the mound from his college days, he’ll need quite a bit of preparation to handle the kind of workload expected from a two-way outfielder/reliever: 20+ innings pitched over a season and 20+ games played as a designated hitter or position player.

Still, his lack of experience doesn’t seem to faze Broadway, at least not this early in the process. There’s no word yet on how soon Shuck would be expected to debut his new skillset on a major-league level.