Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A

Pirates Release Duke Welker, Option Jaff Decker to Triple-A

Duke Welker has been released by Pittsburgh after being DFA’d last week, according to the MLB transactions page. After getting off to a tough start this season, Welker underwent Tommy John surgery last month.

Welker had a 4.91 ERA with 11 walks in 11 innings with Indianapolis this season. Welker posted an ERA under three for back to back seasons in 2011 and 2012 with Bradenton, Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2013, Welker struggled a bit with a 3.57 ERA. While he had 65 strikeouts in 63 innings, he also walked 31 hitters and allowed 53 hits.

In addition, Jaff Decker has been optioned to Indianapolis. In five major league at bats, Decker has not picked up a hit and struck out three times.

In 71 games with Indianapolis, Decker has hit .266 with four home runs and 21 doubles, while post...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail


Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.

More in Transactions

Pirates Cut Four Players From Major League Camp, Including Jordan Luplow

Tim WilliamsMarch 24, 2018

Pirates Re-Sign Outfielder Daniel Nava

John DrekerMarch 23, 2018

Pirates Release Eight Minor League Players

John DrekerMarch 21, 2018

Pirates Release Outfielder Daniel Nava

John DrekerMarch 20, 2018

Pirates Trim Spring Roster by Four, Send Newman and Kramer to Minor League Camp

John DrekerMarch 15, 2018

Pirates Cut Eight Players, Including Meadows, Tucker and Holmes

John DrekerMarch 12, 2018

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects