A.J. Morris threw a complete game shutout in his second AAA start

Pirates Promote A.J. Morris to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher A.J. Morris to Indianapolis, according to Cory Giger.

The move is somewhat surprising when you consider that Morris wasn’t really considered much of a prospect. He’s 27 years old and was a minor league Rule 5 pick this past off-season. He has dominated in Altoona, with a 1.64 ERA in 55 innings, along with a 38:17 K/BB ratio. This is also a move that makes sense if you want to see what you’ve got with Morris. He’s not going to prove anything by continuing to dominate in Altoona, and will get a better challenge with his first shot in Indianapolis.

After the promotion of Casey Sadler to the majors, the Pirates moved Jay Jackson to the Indianapolis rotation. Jackson could be replaced by Morris, or Morris could replace the struggling Adam Wilk.

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  • Jared

    Would’ve really liked to have seen Kingham promoted and see him pitch out the year with AAA.

  • R Edwards

    Adrian Sampson would have been more deserving than Kingham

  • NSA

    Disappointed by Wilk. Guess Detroit knew what they were losing.

  • lonleylibertarian

    Will be very interesting to see how he does at AAA – seems to have dominated at AA…
    Depth needs some reinforcing…

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