Pirates Add Brent Morel to the Active Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates have added infielder Brent Morel to the active roster, replacing Phil Irwin, who was optioned yesterday.

The move to add Morel is a surprise, since he’s done nothing in Triple-A to deserve a promotion. He currently has a .215/.279/.312 line in 93 at-bats with Indianapolis. He also hasn’t been hot in his last ten games, with a .333 OPS in 37 at-bats. It’s not like this could be chalked up to a small sample size, as he had a .751 OPS in Triple-A last year, and a career .609 OPS in 669 plate appearances in the majors.

Andrew Lambo would have been the obvious choice for the promotion, but he’s currently on the disabled list. He’s eligible to come off the DL early next week, and if he’s healthy enough to come off the DL and come up to the majors, then the addition of Morel would only be for three games. If that’s the case, then it would explain why Chris Dickerson didn’t get the promotion, since Dickerson would have had to be added to the 40-man roster, and doesn’t have options remaining to go back down once Lambo arrives.

The player who would have been more deserving right now is Jaff Decker. He doesn’t have a great season line, with a .696 OPS, but he has been hot lately, with a 1.026 OPS in 30 at-bats over his last ten games. He also has done well against right-handers, with an .830 OPS on the season, compared to a .409 OPS against lefties.

The Morel move might only be for three days, but Decker would have been the better option for those three days.

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  • CTBucco

    What the heck? Really?

  • dr dng

    Two years major league experience & maybe a little reward for signing as a free agent. Also a little experience because I think he may be our only option if something awful would happen to Pedro.

  • Douglas Byrd

    Just bizarre. Especially considering the importance of winning right now.

  • NSA

    Totally a bookmark until Lambo is ready and able. A career AAAA OF isn’t worth a roster spot versus a AAAA IF and with Harrison playing more in RF this gives them an extra glove at the hot corner. Morel will get three at bats and a notch towards a MLB pension that I bet he qualifies for in 2019 with a september call up to the expansion Montreal Musketeers.

  • deacs

    I don’t understand this. This is one of those moves where I just have to assume that people smarter me made this move and they made it for a reason because on the surface, while I don’t think it’s a huge deal, I don’t get it. If it’s for only 3 games until Lambo is ready then maybe it’s specific to the Cardinals series?

  • Arik Florimonte

    They most logical reason I can think for bringing him up for “infield depth” is if they are going to follow up by sending Mercer down for a bit. There must be another move in the works.

    • deacs

      Yeah that’s why I just tend to sit and wait for the other shoe to drop sometimes rather than rip them and say this makes no sense. I’ll reserve that fury for when Wandy gets his role back in the rotation.

    • lonleylibertarian

      except Morel does not play SS – leaves you Barmes or Jay Hay

      • Arik Florimonte

        True. I assumed before looking him up. Doesn’t make much sense.

  • Scott

    You can’t be mad over a move when your only 2 options are equally bad players. Give Morel a few days on the bench as 3B depth, maybe an AB or 2, then send him packing when Lambo gets healthy. Simple.

  • jaygray007

    a little disappointing, but i mean…. how many ABs will he get over the next 3 days? like 2?

  • https://profiles.google.com/117072260031604417798 PikeBishop65

    BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: (AP Pittsburgh; 5/9/14) The Pittsburgh Pirates have cancelled plans to have Brent Morel join the team tonight and instead have resigned infielder John McDonald.

    • deacs

      When him and Inge were on the bench and the game went to extras, I was much more comfortable just letting the reliever bat. And after Cole came up I probably would’ve preferred him over those two. But yeah it’s the 5th spot on the bench. Probably just there for IF depth. How’s his fielding?

  • Monsoon Harvard

    What a joke. Sometimes I think David Littlefield is GM-ing instructions to Huntington.

  • lonleylibertarian

    I read all of the posts so far – and with one or two exceptions all I can say is there must be special on Neal Huntington Kool-Aid at Giant Eagle.

    1. What kind of message does this send to the organization – a bum who is hitting .215 gets to go to the show.

    2. What kind of message does this send to the fans – Important early season series against last years Central champ – and you bring up a chump.

    3. What kind of message does it send to the Cards and the rest of the league – The Pirates are throwing in the towel? Forget the Jolly Roger – we are waving the white flag of surrender.

    I sent this email to the Pirates – I have a 20 game season ticket plan – will be selling the rest of the season on Stub Hub.

    I will be dropping my season tickets with the Pirates.

    I have promised a couple of the remaining games this year
    to friends and family, but will be selling ALL others on Stub
    Hub.

    I cannot believe that going into this very important weekend
    that the front office would slap fans in the face by calling up
    a .215 hitter when the team has had sub par performance from
    RF all year and Gregory Polanco is available and hitting close
    to .400

    Please drop me from ALL mailings and lists – I have NO interest
    in continuing to support a team that lacks the commitment to
    winning and competing that this one does.

    Pittsburgh deserves better – Pirate fans deserve better – the
    team deserves better.

    Please feel free to forward this to Mr. Huntington – but I doubt
    he cares.

    I will be reaching out to other fans to see if we can make a
    difference by hurting Mr. Nutting in the only place he seems
    to care about – the bottom line.

    • Monkshot

      If Pedro was hurt and this was their answer I feel this message/action would be valid; however, it’s just a bench spot for a few days. I get your frustration with their level of play this year, but it’s early and I think you will see all this worry/anger will be forgotten come All Star break.

    • meatygettingsaucy

      would you look at that, he’s complaining again

    • pilbobuggins

      With all due respect, I see why you are lonely that much hate packed into one person can’t be healthy. I feel sorry for you and hope for your sake you get some proffesional help. All the luck in the world to you and my prayers as well.

    • Josh Dz

      wow! if that letter is not the absolute epitome of a bandwagon fan…. they just break a 20 year losing streak with a great run and the playoffs, and yes they hit a rough stretch, but the team has played really well the last couple of weeks… and scored a lot of runs….
      but they are 15-20 and your ready to call them all bums again… do you seriously not remember how pathetic this team was in 2010… for all the complaning… its nice to actually have a prospect in the minors…

      oh wait.. i forget how many runs did they score tonight? oh that’s right… 6…

      and the last two weeks RF has not been a problem… now that wont continue, but right now that is not what is losing games

  • Macchamp74

    He looked at called 3rd strike tonight. What else do you want?

  • pilbobuggins

    Oh boy! Where to start with this one.? Snider suspended fri. and sat. little prodution from right field and they call up a third basemen. Decision making process on this team leaves a lot to be desired.

    • Josh Dz

      not really…. the offense has not been a problem the last week…. Harrison played well in RF and Tabata played well tonight…. that why Morel was brought up, because Harrison is the 4th outfielder tonight with Morel the backup at 2nd and 3rd…

      its a very logical move, your bringing a guy up for bench depth…

      • pilbobuggins

        I understand the reason. My point was, why not bring up a guy who is actually hitting at AAA I.e. dickerson.

        • Josh Dz

          because Dickerson is not on the 40 man roster, someone would have to be DFA’d to make room for him, now thats not a big deal, but if you are planning on Bringing Lambo up in 3 days which is what this move seems to say, then you are going to have to DFA dickerson in 3 days, so what would happen by bringing up Dickerson and then Swapping him out for Lambo you will lose two guys off of your 40 man roster… or you bring up Morel, then Lambo, and you lose nobody

        • Josh Dz

          now if you wanted to make a case fro Dacker, who has been playing well lately then I wouldn’t have an argument either way, they are emergency depth, the only reason Morel got an AB was Liriano came out after 5