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Pirates Option Luplow, Stallings to Indy to Start Regular Season

BRADENTON, FL – An already solid-looking 2018 Indianapolis Indians roster added two more weapons on Saturday.

Outfielder Jordan Luplow and catcher Jacob Stallings will begin the 2018 regular season with the Tribe, as announced by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Right-handers Tyler Jones and Richard Rodriguez were reassigned to minor league camp.

Luplow comes off a 2017 campaign that saw him rise through the ranks of Pittsburgh’s organization. The 24-year-old started with Double-A Altoona and made it all the way to the majors, where he hit three home runs. In all, between Double-A and the big leagues, Luplow mashed 26 homers in 2017.

This spring, Luplow tied a team high by going deep four times. In 38 at-bats, he collected a total of nine knocks (.237).

Stallings has played in 142 games with the Indians over the past two seasons. Following a rough .214 (55-for-257) season in 2016, Stallings hit a very respectable .301 (65-for-216) in 2017. The 28-year-old played in five major league games in both 2016 and 2017. He made use of his limited time with the Pirates, getting six hits in 15 at-bats (.400) in 2016 and five hits in 14 ABs (.357) in 2017.

Stallings went 7-for-19 (.368) with a pair of doubles this spring.

Pittsburgh now has just 33 players left standing in their major league camp.

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