Pittsburgh Pirates: Roster Moves That Must Be Made to Finish the Season

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PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 12: Cam Alldred #63 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on May 12, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Option Eric Stout, re-call Cam Alldred

Saturday night was one that left-handed reliever Eric Stout would like to forget. After getting shelled by the Reds as the pulled away in a blowout win over the Pirates, he now owns a 5.93 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched this season.

Even though a lot of Stout’s damage came in his outing on Saturday night, there is a reason he is nearly 30-years-old and had pitched just 2.1 MLB innings before this season. It’s time to see what the Pirates have in lefty Cam Alldred.

Alldred just turned 26 less than a month ago. At nearly four years younger than Stout, there is reason to believe Alldred could still have some untapped potential in his left arm and could still be developing as a reliever.

Earlier this season Alldred made his MLB debut, but pitched just 1 inning, a scoreless one, before being designated for assignment. Surprisingly, he cleared waivers and returned to Indianapolis. Now it’s time for him to return.

Entering play on Sunday, Alldred owned a 2.59 ERA, 3.07 FIP, 7.4% walk rate and a 20.7% strikeout rate in 48.2 innings pitched for Indianapolis. He then struck a batter out while pitching 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings of relief on Sunday, dropping his ERA to 2.52.

Alldred could develop into a long-term piece in the Pirate bullpen as a lefty. Over the course of the final six weeks of the 2022 season, he needs to be given opportunities to begin to see if he can sink or swim out of a MLB bullpen. However, in order for this to happen he must first be re-called by the Pittsburgh Pirates.