Pirates to Call Up Chase d’Arnaud, Alex Presley, Brad Lincoln

D'Arnaud will be called up on Friday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that they will be calling up Chase d’Arnaud on Friday.  To make room for the addition, Josh Harrison has been optioned to Indianapolis.  D’Arnaud is in the middle of a strong season at the AAA level, with a .280/.347/.418 line in 239 at-bats.  He started the season slow, with a .217/.323/.373 line in April.  Since that point, d’Arnaud has been on fire, with a .329/.357/.456 line in 79 at-bats in May, and a .299/.365/.429 line in 77 at-bats in June.  He’s also been a threat on the bases, with 15 stolen bases in 16 attempts the last two months.

The decision to send down Josh Harrison is a bit confusing.  For one, Harrison has been playing well.  He’s got a .283 average in 60 at-bats.  That’s an empty average, as it comes with a .295 on-base percentage and a .317 slugging percentage.  Basically, Harrison has been a singles hitter so far in his short major league career.  The big reason the move is confusing is that Pedro Ciriaco remains on the roster.  Ciriaco has been in the majors longer than Harrison, yet only has six at-bats.  The Pirates aren’t even using him.  You could argue that he’s there to back up shortstop, although now that the Pirates have d’Arnaud on the roster, there’s even less of a need for Ciriaco.  He’s basically wasting a roster spot, and Harrison would be a much better option to have off the bench.

Rob Biertempfel also adds an update that Alex Presley and Brad Lincoln will be with the team next week.  The addition of Lincoln isn’t a surprise, as the Pirates will need a spot starter for the July 2nd double header against the Washington Nationals.  Lincoln currently has a 3.82 ERA in 77.2 innings at the AAA level this year, with a 66:14 K/BB ratio.  Presley will be promoted on Tuesday for the start of the series against Toronto, presumably due to the need for a designated hitter.

Ciriaco will be demoted to the minors to make room for Presley.  One of Presley or d’Arnaud will be demoted to make room for Lincoln.  That clears the way for Harrison to return on July 3rd, when Lincoln gets sent back down.  Still, that means that only two of the Presley/Harrison/d’Arnaud group will be in the majors after July 3rd.  Ideally, all three players should be on the 25-man roster.  Hopefully d’Arnaud and Presley can play well enough to make it hard to send them down, while keeping guys like Lyle Overbay and Matt Diaz on the roster.

The Pirates will have to make a corresponding move on the 40-man roster to make room for d’Arnaud.

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  • Anonymous

      I think one of the vets are on a short leash, probably diaz. Diaz cost them 2 runs in the field vs baltimore and its looks like his skills are gone. The pirates would have to eat 3 million in salary if they dfa diaz or send him to indy if he clears waivers.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAH4DKCURJYHBMKZIAASB6DP44 VincentR

      The Phillie are desperate for a cheap right handed bat maybe a deal can be made.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAH4DKCURJYHBMKZIAASB6DP44 VincentR

    There were a couple guys in Pirates gear in the Indy dugout  last night. I guess that explains that.

  • Anonymous

    I’m ready to move Garrett Jones full time and make any kind of move with Overbay. He has virtually no range at first and while he’s better at taking throws at first, that simply not enough to keep running him out there everyday. He doesn’t have enough versatility to carry on the bench, especially with his offense being practically nonexistent. The only thing Diaz really has going for him is the fact he bats right handed and the other rightfield/extra outfield options hit left handed.

    • Anonymous

      move Jones to first base.

  • Anonymous

    Biertempel also mentioned that a reliever could go down for Lincoln.  I think Moskos has to be on the 1st cut list in that case.

  • Anonymous

    Another speed asset atop the lineup…This is what i would go with

    1.Tabata LF
    2.D’Arnaud 3B
    3. McCutchen CF
    4. Walker 2B
    5. Jones 1B
    6. Paul RF
    7. McKenry C
    8. Cedeno SS

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DS5DVABNJZA6NVQPLQCSXP4Q6M Scott S

      As my preferred lineup, I would move Wood in 3b (as he has quietly been swing a much better bat this month) and keep Chase at SS, his natural position.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    I don’t understand keeping Ciriaco in majors, why waste one of Harrison’s options when you know Ciriaco is getting released anyways.
    Move Diaz down or DFA him so we can keep Harrison, Pressly and D’Arnaud in the show. 

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      They won’t be wasting an option.  You only use an option if you’re on optional assignment for 20+ days.  If Harrison comes back on July 3rd, and remains in the majors the rest of the season, he wouldn’t lose an option year.

  • Anonymous

    The team seems to like Ciriaco for some reason.  Maybe they think they can fix his bat or something.  He is good on defense.  Is he out of options or something?  Maybe that is why they are keeping him around because they know they can get Harrison down and will not worry about losing Ciriaco…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DS5DVABNJZA6NVQPLQCSXP4Q6M Scott S

    I think the thing they like most about Ciriaco is they don’t care if he wastes away at the end of the bench.

    Personally, I am not that bothered about sending Harrison down. Like most, I appreciate his undefinable “scrappiness.”

    However, besides the empty BA, he played some dreadful 3b defense against the O’s. He had no range to his right and olayed two grounders to his left.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIKZL7VVAUC2TN3MIIG6JJP7LU aaron s

    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/pirates/s_743542.html

    This article explains why Harrison is going down.  If you don’t feel like reading, it’s so that we can bring him back up earlier once we resume play in the national league.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      I linked to that in the post yesterday.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have good feeling for Harrison’s glove at third, or Jones’s at first (he should have cleanly scooped that potential DP toss from Walker last game).

    While D’Arnaud makes his audition, Harrison continues to play everyday.  Were Harrison here, is he suited to sit on the bench?  I like the fact he will play daily over the next two weeks.

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