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First Pitch: Minor League Promotions Could be Limited

First Pitch: Minor League Promotions Could be Limited

The Pirates promoted Kyle McPherson and Brock Holt to Triple-A today -- well, technically the moves aren't official yet, but I'd expect an official announcement tomorrow or Wednesday, with corresponding moves to come. The move was expected for McPherson at some point, as he would have started in Indianapolis had he not been injured in Spring Training. I'm surprised it took so long to move Brock Holt up, but it's good to see him finally get the deserved promotion.

With one month to go in the minor league season, I'm not sure we'll see a ton of promotions throughout the system. At this point I don't think a promotion will really accomplish much. For example, if Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco get promoted to Bradenton tomorrow, they're still very likely to start next year in Bradenton. But the bigger thing is that almost every team in the system is in a playoff race, which means playing in meaningful games could be more valuable than moving up to the next level one month earlier.

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