Alex Presley Promoted, Irwin Demoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Alex Presley and sent down pitcher Phil Irwin. Presley has been playing in AAA  for Indianapolis, where he was hitting .357 through seven games, with two doubles,a homer and six runs scored. Irwin started yesterday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, going 4.2 innings in the come-from-behind 10-7 win. He allowed five runs(four earned) on six hits and four walks, while striking out four batters. It was the major league debut for Irwin, who picked up the no-decision.

Presley has played parts of three seasons in the majors with the Pirates. Last year, he hit .237 in 104 games, with ten homers, nine steals and a .683 OPS. He will be available for tonight’s game in Pittsburgh against the St Louis Cardinals.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/johnrussellskinner johnrussellskinner

    Glad to see this… Now just send tabby down.

  • Sandoz

    I hope Irwin gets a few more chances to start this season. Although he struggled with his control on Sunday, there were some encouraging signs.

  • La Pirate

    Very happy to see this. Presley deserved to break camp with the team but due to fact he had options he didnt. I hope he does well, he is a much better 4th outfielder /utility option rather than Tabata or Inge or Harrison. This is probably the best position player roster we have at this time. Good move by the front office. The Pirates just need to hold serve during this month but I think they should have momentum but as the saying goes momentum rests on your starting pitching that day.

  • Curtis

    I don’t get this. Now they are down an infielder so they can have 6 outfielders (counting Jones)? I like Presley fine, but see no reason to carry both him and Tabata at a time when both Marte and Snider seem to be breaking out.

    • John Dreker

      Clint Hurdle said in his pre-game interview today, that he wanted another lefty bench with all the righties coming up on their schedule. It could be that Presley’s stay is short and when these next two series are done, Inge gets the call and takes his place