Kyle McPherson and Brock Holt Promoted to Indianapolis

According to Cory Giger, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson and infielder Brock Holt to Indianapolis. Both players will be making their first trips to Triple-A.

Holt was hitting for a .322/.389/.432 line in 382 at-bats with Altoona. That was in his second year with the team, after hitting for a .288/.356/.387 line in 511 at-bats last year.

McPherson was expected to begin the year in Triple-A, but was sidelined with a shoulder injury in Spring Training. He returned mid-season to Altoona, and has pitched 48.2 innings, with a 4.07 ERA and an impressive 46:5 K/BB ratio.

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  • Lee Young

    About time for Holt!!! Hopefully he plays regularly!

  • gonfalon

    congrats to both players!

  • coachL

    Corresponding moves: maybe Taillon to Altoona, Ngoepe to Altoona and Hanson and Kingham to Bradenton?

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

      I don’t think Taillon moves up this year.

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

      As for the other moves, I wouldn’t assume a chain reaction. For one, Bradenton has a shot at the playoffs. Altoona doesn’t. So it would make more sense for guys like Gift to stay in Bradenton right now.

      • coachL

        Makes sense. Thanks Tim.

      • http://cityplanning.tumblr.com brendan

        Who are they replacing on the AAA roster?

      • http://twitter.com/wondertaint Will

        Any merit to the thought that Leroux or Wilson will be moving back to the bullpen as options later this month, but more likely September? I figure Leroux is most likely, given the recent comments. The Bucs have to feel pretty great about the pitching depth at the moment.

      • F Lang

        My guess they would want Polanco and Hansen on a playoff roster at Bradenton. I know they have liked to push their best prospects to get some postseason experience in the past.

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

          If the season ended today, West Virginia would be in the postseason.

  • John DiVito

    Finally!! Anderson Hernandez has to lose playing time in Indy now. Not sure why he has gotten so many ABs while Holt was dominating AA and has a legit shot at the majors

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