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Dario Agrazal to be Promoted to Altoona

Dario Agrazal will be promoted to Altoona early next week. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Dario Agrazal to be Promoted to Altoona
John Dreker

Pirates Prospects has learned that Bradenton right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal will be promoted to Altoona after the Florida State League All-Star break. Agrazal started last night's game for Bradenton, so he won't be available to Altoona until Tuesday at the earliest. Expect him to be added to the active roster on the day that he is scheduled to make his first start.

Agrazal has pitched terrific this season and just added strikeouts to his game. He has always been a pitch-to-contact guy, working down in the zone and pitching to both sides of the plate. He's been excellent at getting ground balls, but was never a big strikeout pitcher until last month. In his last seven starts, he has picked up at least six strikeouts in six of those games.

After signing as a pitcher who sat 87-91 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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