Eliecer Navarro to be Promoted to Altoona

Eliecer Navarro will be promoted to Altoona.
Eliecer Navarro will be promoted to Altoona.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will promote left-hander Eliecer Navarro to Altoona this week. John Eshleman was covering the Altoona Curve tonight, and Navarro was with the team. He is expected to make his first start this week, which will probably come on Tuesday.

Navarro had a 2.86 ERA in 69.1 innings with Bradenton this year, along with a 62:13 K/BB ratio. Navarro throws in the upper 80s and has a good curveball, a good changeup, and good control. He’s a small lefty who works more off control, so the jump to Double-A will be a bigger test of his skills than he was seeing in Bradenton.

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Lee Young

How do you pronounce his first name? E-Lees-er? El-ee-ay-ser? Fred? Should we care since he’ll probably never make it to Pgh?
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battlingbucs

I’ve actually taken a special interest in him seeing as he lost 9 out of the first 10 games he appeared in. I’m not one to put any stock in pitchers wins and losses but that is still quite a remarkable feat especially when you are pitching fairly well.

buster09

John,this promotion looks like a flashback to the days of the Littlefield farm and pitching ” developement ” system. Please tell me I am wrong !

John Dreker

Not the John you were asking, but the answer is fairly simple. Altoona had a rotation spot to fill and Navarro was the best choice. Robbie Rowland, Zack Dodson and Adrian Sampson were the other possibilities and none of them are ready to move, plus they are prospects to some degree and you wouldn’t want to rush any of them.

battlingbucs

Funny you should say that. It kind of is as Navarro is one of the few Littlefield guys remaining in the minors.

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