Pirates call up Ledezma and Jackson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up relief pitcher Steven Jackson, and have purchased the contract of 29 year old left handed reliever Wilfredo Ledezma, filling their two open spots on the 25-man roster.  Ledezma takes the open spot on the 40-man roster which was opened when the Pirates designated Brendan Donnelly for assignment.

Jackson will only be up for a few days, and will likely be sent back down after Friday’s game, so that the Pirates can call up a starter for Saturday.  That starter has been rumored to be Daniel McCutchen, but no official announcement has been made.  Ledezma had a 0.94 ERA in 38.1 innings in relief at Indianapolis, with a 11.7 K/9 and a 4.5 BB/9, and a .156 BAA.  Ledezma hasn’t allowed a run since the month of May, with 21 scoreless innings in June and July, and a 32:9 K/BB ratio in that time span.  Ledezma doesn’t have any options remaining, but does have two years of control remaining.  Unlike Donnelly, if Ledezma has success the rest of the season, the Pirates can retain him, rather than deal with him leaving via free agency.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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