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Pirates promote Spikes outfielder

State College Spikes outfielder Justin Bencsko has been promoted to full-season West Virginia.

Bencsko, a 2010 20th-round pick from Villanova, was hitting .271 with two homers and six RBIs in 27 games. Bencsko returned to the Spikes this year after playing just 19 games last season because of a wrist injury.

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted outfielder Junior Sosa from their Gulf Coast League team to fill Bencsko’s roster spot. Sosa was hitting .238 in 15 GCL games.