The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially added Wednesday night’s starting pitcher to the active roster
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a roster move. In advance of Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Astros, the team has added starting pitcher Dario Agrazal to the active roster. Agrazal is slated to make his second MLB start on Wednesday night.
In his first MLB start Agrazal held the Marlins to 3 runs, 2 earned, in 4 innings of work against the Miami Marlins on June 15th. In this start, bad defense burnt Agrazal. Had his infield defense been better in the 4th inning, he would have only allowed 1 run instead of 3. Additionally, odds are, he would have taken the mound again in the 5th inning. Although, this should have happened regardless. But I digress.
Wednesday night will be a much stiffer test for Agrazal. He will be facing an Astros lineup that is one of the best in the Majors. Also, it will come at Minute Maid Park which is a much better hitters park than Marlins Park is.
In the minor leagues this season Agrazal has made 13 starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. He owns a 3.87 ERA and a 3.86 FIP in 79 innings of work. In these 79 innings of work he’s allowed 75 hits, nine home runs, he’s walked 11, and struck out 62.
Since returning to Triple-A after his start against the Marlins, Agrazal has made one start. In this start he allowed 7 runs on eight hits, two home runs, a walk, a hit by pitch, and four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
To make room for Agrazal on the active roster, outfielder Jason Martin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Martin owns a .250/.308/.306 slash line with the Pirates this season. Martin was recalled last Tuesday. In his one at bat since his recall Martin picked up a pinch hit single.