A few quick notes for Friday:
-P- The Pirates are losing Tyrone Brooks, who had been their director of player personnel. He'll be taking a job in the MLB commissioner's office. It's hard to say what Brooks' departure will mean for the Bucs, but he was very well regarded within the industry. His departure from the Bucs' front office is the latest in a recent string that also includes those of Jim Benedict and Marc DelPiano.
-P- The Bucs are currently looking for a new play-by-play broadcaster to replace Tim Neverett, and Rob Biertempfel tweets that one of the finalists is Joe Block, who currently does play-by-play for the Brewers. The Brewers are already taking applications to find a potential replacement for Block, so it sounds like there's a pretty good chance the Pirates will hire him.
-P- MLB.com lists two Pirates among the 10 best catching prospects in the game. Reese McGuire is at No. 4, behind Willson Contreras of the Cubs, Gary Sanchez of the Yankees, and Jorge Alfaro of the Phillies. That's something, particularly given that McGuire is all but certain to stick at catcher and not all the players in front of him are. Elias Diaz, whose defense also pretty clearly seems to profile well, is at No. 6. Mike Rosenbaum, the author of the accompanying article, sounds somewhat optimistic about McGuire's offense, but notes that the strength of his defense means he profiles as a starter even if he doesn't hit. (Earlier this week, Tyler Glasnow ranked No. 2 in MLB.com's list of the best right-handed pitching prospects.)
-P- MLB has moved its July 31 trade deadline back to August 1 this year. July 31 is a Sunday, so the extra day pushes it back to Monday.