Pittsburgh Pirates: Rob Zastryzny Needs to Go

May 29, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Rob Zastryzny (62)
May 29, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Rob Zastryzny (62) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Who should replace Zastryzny?

If Zastryzny were to be desiganted for assignment the question becomes who should replace him on the Pirate roster? Well, there is a young fast rising bullpen arm pitching well at Triple-A Indianapolis who deserves a chance in the majors. That arm is righty Carmen Mlodzinski.

The 31st overall pick in the 2020 draft has transitioned to a full-time bullpen role this season. Mlodzinski has pitched 25.2 innings in 19 appearances out of Indy's bullpen, posting a 3.16 ERA and a 3.45 FIP.

Mlodzinski has walked 9.6% of batters faced while striking out 27.2% of opposing batters. He's limited opponents to a .233 batting average and has allowed just two home runs (0.70 HR/9). Mlodzinski has induced a 40.0% ground ball rate and has posted a 1.36 WHIP.

The 24-year-old righty has also been surging lately. Since the start of May, he has pitched 14.2 innings allowing just 12 hits and one home run. He's posted a 2.45 ERA, 2.61 FIP, 8.2% walk rate, and a 34.4% strikeout rate.

Mlodzinski has earned a promotion to the majors. Zastryzny has no business still being on the major league roster. It's time for the Pirates to make a sweep of the two.

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