PITTSBURGH – With the Indianapolis Indians‘ 2016 season completed, the Pittsburgh Pirates have called up a handful of players to the major leagues.
Starting pitchers Tyler Glasnow, Trevor Williams and Drew Hutchison are set to join the Bucs, in addition to infielder Pedro Florimon. To clear space on the 40-man roster, relievers Curtis Partch and Kelvin Marte were designated for assignment.
Glasnow was promoted to Pittsburgh on July 7 and made his big league debut with 5 1/3 innings of four-run ball. The right-hander also made a start with the Pirates on July 23 before going on the disabled list with a right shoulder injury. Pittsburgh’s top ranked preseason prospect posted an 8-3 record with a 1.87 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 20 starts with the Tribe.
Williams suffered a shoulder injury in the first inning of his first start this season, but was fantastic for Indy since his return. The righty finished with a 9-6 record and a 2.53 ERA with the Indians, earning him Most Valuable Player honors in the Tribe’s season award winner selections.
Hutchison was acquired by the Pirates in their deadline deal with the Toronto Blue Jays that sent Francisco Liriano north of the border. The right-hander went 6-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 starts with Triple-A Buffalo, but struggled a bit in seven outings (six starts) with Indianapolis. Hutchison collected one win and one loss, but surrendered 18 earned runs in 36 innings pitched to give him an ERA of 4.50.
Finally, Florimon heads to the majors to provide some infield depth for Pittsburgh. The major league veteran, with 238 games of big league experience already under his belt, recorded a .255 batting average with five home runs and 36 RBI while with the Indians this season.
2016 was a year of promotions for Indianapolis, as 11 players who started the season with the Tribe made their MLB debut at some point this season. Williams has a chance to add on to that number if he climbs the mound for the Pirates.
Pittsburgh just may need the help, too, as the Bucs currently hold a seven-game losing streak heading into their contest with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. The Pirates sit 4 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the final Wild Card spot with a record of 67-68.