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Stefan Welch playing well for Single A Salem Red Sox

All the vital signs gave Stefan Welch reason enough to be concerned. He wasn’t playing every day for the Double A Altoona Curve, and on the days he did see his name on the lineup card, he wasn’t hitting.

The list of players ahead of him, not just on the team but in the Pirates’ farm system, was long.

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