INDIANAPOLIS – Following the Indianapolis Indians‘ exit from the 2017 Governors’ Cup Playoffs on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to take action with some September call-ups on Sunday.
Starting pitcher and former Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow headlines the list of six Tribe players that Pittsburgh has promoted. Catcher Jacob Stallings also gets the call, as well as four relief pitcher. Right-handers Johnny Barbato and Edgar Santana are headed to the majors, with southpaws Jack Leathersich and Dan Runzler joining them.
Glasnow was maybe the most obvious choice for the Pirates to bring up following Indy’s season end. The righty began the 2017 season with the Bucs, but posted a 7.45 ERA in 12 starts. Glasnow was dominant in Triple-A, though, flashing a sub-2.00 ERA (1.93) and striking out 140 batters in 15 starts.
Stallings has made sporadic appearances in the majors in the past, with eight career MLB hits (22 at-bats). With the Indians this season, he hit .301 with four home runs and 38 RBIs.
The rest of Pittsburgh’s promotions come out of the bullpen.
Barbato has appeared in 18 career major league games, with a 0-1 record and 4.74 ERA to show for it. The right-hander posted a 3.20 ERA with the Indians, racking up 41 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. Santana, who has a 6.52 ERA in ten career big league games, went 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA in Triple-A this year.
As for the left-handers, Runzler is a bit of a surprising choice from the Pirates. The lefty found some MLB success with the San Francisco Giants, going 3-0 with a 3.03 ERA, but that was back in 2010. With Indianapolis in 2017, Runzler went 1-4 with a 3.05 ERA in 40 games played. Leathersich, on the other hand, was claimed off of waivers from the Chicago Cubs on September 4. The southpaw went 2-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 41 games with the Iowa Cubs.
Among the notable players not promoted by the Pirates is right-hander Nick Kingham. Kingham struggled early on this season with Indianapolis, but really turned it on as the year wore on. The 25-year-old finished with a 3.95 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts), limiting his opposition to two runs or less in seven of his finals nine outings. Kingham even led the Indians to their lone playoff win in 2017, throwing seven scoreless innings in Indy’s Game 3 win over Durham.