Pittsburgh Pirates righty Miguel Yajure was reinstated from the 60-day IL by the Indianapolis Indians and made his first Triple-A appearance since May 26
23-year old right-handed pitcher Miguel Yajure returned to the mound with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on Thursday night. Yajure was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates this past offseason in the Jameson Taillon trade.
Through 4 innings pitched Yajure allowed just a pair of hits, one of those being a home run which was his lone run surrendered. Yajure went on to deal 6 strikeouts and walk 1 batter and throw 51 pitches, 31 of them being strikes.
Yajure did well against a talented team in his first game back after being in Low-A for two short starts, including striking out the MLB’s 4th ranked prospect infielder Spencer Torkelson a couple of times.
Yajure started his rehab in the latter days of July and first appeared in a rehab game on August 6th with the Low-A affiliate team and made just one other rehab appearance before his start tonight. Miguel increased his pitch count each start but was still on a pitch or inning count during his first game back, and he probably will still be on one whether his next start is with the Pittsburgh Pirates or still with Indianapolis.
Yajure hasn’t had any setbacks during his rehab and has not reported any discomfort in the injured area. This is a very encouraging outing for not only Miguel but the Pirates organization because it is still very likely that he can make another major league appearance before the season ends. Yajure was the headliner in the trade with the Yankees and is nearly ready to join the starting rotation long-term, especially with all the injuries and lack of talent on the Pittsburgh pitching staff.
Yajure is now the 24th ranked Pirates prospect in the updated version of the MLB pipeline rankings. The sudden drop from 12th to 24th is mainly due to the fact of his absence because of the injury. There is still time for him to get back on track and if he keeps pitching like he did today, he will climb back atop of the team’s top 30 prospect chart in no time.