The rehab assignments for outfielder Alex Presley and infielder Chase d’Arnaud have been moved from Bradenton to Indianapolis, the team announced today. That’s good news for the Pirates, as the downfall of the 2011 team came right around the time these two players went on the disabled list. It’s hard to say whether that’s a correlation or a causation, but the Pirates definitely had a spark at the top of their lineup with Presley and d’Arnaud that they haven’t had in the last few weeks.
Presley should rejoin the Pirates, and I’d argue that he should start over Ryan Ludwick, with Jose Tabata starting in right field, and Presley starting in left field. D’Arnaud might be better off being optioned to AAA until rosters expand in September, so that he can get every day playing time, rather than being used off the bench in Pittsburgh.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.