Here's one that completely slipped under my transaction wire until broadcasters Ben Wagner of the Bisons and Jason Benetti of Syracuse just gave me a heads-up: Former St. Francis High and University of Pittsburgh star Jim Negrych got promoted to Triple-A Sunday by the Washington Nationals and is in town this week with the Chiefs.
The Nationals promoted infielder Tyler Moore and megaprospect Bryce Harper and that created openings in Triple-A. Negrych was 3 for 5 in three games at Harrisburg. He went to spring training with the Marlins but was cut in late March.
Negyrch is not in tonight's lineup. (Read my earlier post on how the Bisons shape up tonight in gunning for their fifth straight win). He had a good debut for the Chiefs in Monday's 12-4 win over Charlotte as he went 1 for 4 but reached base five times on a two-run single, two walks and two errors.
We last saw Negyrch here in 2010 with Indianapolis, where he hit .295 in 48 games after a promotion up the Pirates' chain from Double-A Altoona and even homered in a game to beat the Bisons. He spent all of last year at Double-A Jacksonville in the Marlins chain, batting .304 with five homers and 46 RBIs in 121 games. He's a career .302 in six minor-league seasons.