The Pittsburgh Pirates had plenty of minor league players representing them between the Triple-A and Double-A all-star games last night.
The Triple-A all-star game took place between the International League and the Pacific Coast League. Many of the players in the game were top prospects who will likely be making appearances in the Major Leagues at some point over the next few months. The Pittsburgh Pirates had two representatives play in the game. Both players have been on the big league roster at one point or another over the last calendar year.
Chris Bostick was the lone hitting prospect to gain a spot on the International League roster. Bostick started the game in right field, and he was 0-2 with a base on balls and a strike out. Bostick has had a strong season so far. Most of the year he was hitting over .300, but that has come down to earth some in the recent weeks. Still, he is batting .292/.349/.448 through 80 games. He appeared in three games for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, but he did not collect a hit in his four at-bats.
Steven Brault was the other Pittsburgh Pirates prospect to appear in the game. Brault was the second pitcher in the game for the International League. He threw just one inning, it being the third inning. In his one inning of work, he gave up one hit, but did not allow a run. Brault is 7-4 with a 2.00 ERA in 17 games this year. If the Bucs decide to shake up the rotation, or have a starter hit the disabled list, Brault will likely get the call to make his 2017 Pirates debut.
The Eastern League All-Star Game also took place tonight as well. The Pittsburgh Pirates had multiple Double-A prospects in the game. Edwin Espinal and Wyatt Mathisen appeared for the EAS Western division team. Both Espinal and Mathisen were 0-2 in the game. Meanwhile, two pitchers also appeared in the game. First was right handed starting pitcher Alex McRae. McRae threw the fifthy inning, and while he gave up two hits, he held the Eastern Divison All-Stars off the board. Montana DuRapua closed the game by entering in the ninth inning with two outs. The Curve’s closer struck out the last batter of the game, the only batter he faced.
Jordan Luplow was also elected to the Double-A all-star game. However, Luplow was omitted from the game as he was promoted to Triple-A a few weeks ago, a reason that he would be happy to bypass the all-star game. Kevin Kramer was also elected to the Double-A game, but he entered the all-star break on the disabled list and therefore passed on the game.