Duke Welker Officially Recalled, Josh Harrison Optioned

Duke Welker has been officially promoted.
Duke Welker has been officially promoted.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially recalled right-handed pitcher Duke Welker. To make room they’ve optioned Josh Harrison to Triple-A. This is Getting Old first reported yesterday that Duke Welker was on his way to Pittsburgh.

Welker has been on the 40-man roster for the last year, and is a legit bullpen prospect. He’s a bit older than most prospects, currently 27 years old, but has the stuff to be a potential late inning reliever. Welker throws in the upper 90s and has hit 100 in the past. He also throws a hard slider which is a plus offering. This year he’s been off to a great start with Indianapolis, throwing 16 innings without an earned run. Welker has allowed three hits in that span, and has a 20:8 K/BB ratio. Control has always been an issue, but he’s made some good strides the last two years, getting his walk rate down to the 4.5 BB/9 range. As long as he has the upper 90s fastball and the plus slider to limit hits and rack up the strikeouts, he can live with the walks.

  • Tim: Why Harrison was brought up in the first place is beyond me. We lose pitching and bring up a utiliy infielder? Oh, and thanks to Cleveland for donating Jennmar Gomez to the Pirates. I liked Quincy Latimore, who the Pirates traded for Gomez, but his chances of getting to the majors in the OF for the Pirates were less than extremely slim.

    Also, a little more than 30 days out of ST -and less than 10 days absent – why would Walker need to go to Altoona for rehab? His issue is a cut, and swinging in the BP net is just as good as sending him off somewhere.

    • For Harrison they said it was because he was already there if Tabata needed to go on the DL.

      For Walker, he can’t return yet, since he has to be on the DL for 15 days. So they can send him a few hours away to Altoona to play in a few games, then bring him back when he’s first eligible.

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