Pittsburgh Pirates Release Jason Creasy and Justin Topa

Pittsburgh Pirates Release Jason Creasy and Justin Topa
John Dreker

Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates released minor league pitchers Jason Creasy and Justin Topa on Wednesday. Creasy was an eighth round draft pick in 2011, signing an over-slot deal ($250,000) out of high school. He was considered at top 50 prospect in the system at one point, but after a down year as a starter in Altoona in 2015, followed by a 2016 season that saw him miss most of the year with a forearm strain, his prospect stock took a hit. The 24-year-old right-hander had a low-90s fastball that touched 95 in the past. While he was returning from injury last year, he worked on a slurve instead of his normal curveball, to try to help him develop a strikeout pitch.

Creasy pitched five times for the Pirates this Spring Training. Used in a mop-up role, he threw a ...

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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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