Indianapolis added Chad Kuhl to their roster on Thursday and he could be lined up to start tomorrow. Kuhl has been in Extended Spring Training building up his pitch count after some unspecified soreness last month set him back a week or so. Tomorrow was the scheduled day for Trevor Williams to make his next start, but he is now listed as day-to-day after some shoulder soreness caused him to leave his first game early. Williams’ return time is unknown, but he is already back throwing.

Tyler Glasnow and Steven Brault are already scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively, leaving Friday open for Kuhl to join the rotation. Indianapolis is short-handed in the bullpen after the Pirates added both A.J. Schugel and Rob Scahill to the Major League bullpen.

This will be Kuhl’s regular season debut in Triple-A, but he did pitch for Indianapolis in the playoffs last September. Kuhl is the 16th best prospect in the system and has a high upside due to a sinker that hits high-90’s with a lot of movement.

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  1. This is great news. I really have high hopes for Kuhl and think he could be the arm that gives the Pirates the big lift from the AAA prospects.

    • Ditto. Everything he has done the past two years is much better than ever expected when he was drafted. He was my sleeper to get to the show first of all the AAA guys, but the game last night from Jameson Taillon shows that he has a lot of promise also.

      I could handle both of them in Pittsburgh by late May which I know would eliminate the year of service, and I think that would be late enough to avoid any Super Two possibilities. I just hope they pitch well enough and that is an option because of their performances between now and then.

      • Kuhl could be a 200 inning, 3-3.5 era starter…that looks really, really damn good. And with a really high gb rate and the continuation of infield shifts that fits well.

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