Pirates Prospects has learned that right-handed pitcher Max Kranick has been promoted to the Bristol Pirates. Kranick was scheduled to begin the season with Bristol, but shoulder tightness at the end of May caused him to be shutdown for a brief time and then he slowly worked his way back into action.
Kranick made his last start in the GCL on Wednesday and he is scheduled to make his Bristol debut on Monday, which would give him three more starts before the season ended. In his last GCL start, he pitched five innings (74 pitches) without allowing an earned run. He was sitting 89-93 MPH with his fastball and showing a strong changeup that was very effective.
Kranick pitched a total of 12.2 innings without an earned run in the GCL, but also threw two simulated games before he got into a...
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