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

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 confu...

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