The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted pitchers Phil Irwin and Josh Poytress from Bradenton to Altoona. Irwin's promotion is expected. He returned to Bradenton over the weekend after missing the early part of the season with an injury. He pitched half the season in Altoona last year and was always ticketed to return to the level.
Poytress has pitched well this year. He started the season in West Virginia, then quickly moved up to Bradenton after giving up one run in 8.1 innings, with an 8:3 K/BB ratio. While with the Marauders, the left-hander threw 16.2 shutout innings, including six shutout innings in relief last night in Bradenton's 18 inning victory. He's posted an 11:7 K/BB ratio in Bradenton, along with a .175 BAA.
Poytress was drafted last year in the 18th round out of Fresno St...
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