Minor Moves: Frank Duncan Promoted to Indy; Edgar Santana to Altoona, Brault to DL

Right-handed pitcher Frank Duncan has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Duncan has pitched mostly out of the bullpen this season with much success, and he made his first start of the season on Sunday in Altoona, allowing one earned run in 5.2 innings pitched. Duncan had been piggy-backing Cody Dickson in long relief out of the bullpen after making his Double-A debut on April 16th. Overall, Duncan has made six total appearances – five in relief and one start – and he has gone 3-1 with a 1.31 ERA. He has struck out 20 batters while only walking six batters.

One can assume that Duncan may be taking the place of Steven Brault in the Indianapolis rotation after Brault suffered a left hamstring strain on Sunday. To make room for Duncan, Brault was placed on the disabled list.

Righty Edgar Santana is making the move to Altoona after recording a 2-0 record with a 0.81 ERA for the Bradenton Marauders. He has made nine appearances with eight of them being scoreless. His only blemish was on April 30th when he allowed two earned runs in two innings. Overall, he has thrown 22.1 innings, striking out 20 batters while only walking two.

Santana sits 93-96 with his fastball and has a plus slider that gets a lot of soft contact and ground balls. He has been over-matching High-A hitters since the start of the season, getting out of most innings in less than ten pitches.

  • Michael Sanders
    May 11, 2016 7:42 am

    Looks like Tate Scioneaux just got promoted too. His numbers look good on paper, but I was wondering if anyone has seen him pitch. If so, what is your take on him? Prospect?

  • Still having problems signing in to my account???

  • piraterican21
    May 10, 2016 4:31 pm

    So at least one more start form Whitehead? Ouch!

  • Who are the best relievers that we have in the system? Do we have to wait for some starter to fail around the AA level before we get any homegrown relief help? This is the only real area where I can honestly not see any help on the way. Seems like only yesterday we were spoiled with such talented arms like Vic Black, Bryan Morris and Duke Welker………..

    • John Dreker
      May 10, 2016 3:51 pm

      Most relievers are failed starters. It’s not wise to draft someone who profiles as a reliever, instead you go for someone with the upside of a starter, whose floor is a reliever. That’s how you get Black, Morris, Hughes, Watson, Wilson. If someone starts as a reliever in the lower levels (not count 3-4 inning guys), you’re basically resigning to the fact they aren’t that good. Edgar Santana is the best current reliever they have, but the best 3-4 future relievers are probably starting right now, either for a full-season team or for a short-season team once they begin.

      • So until someone else fails Santana is pretty much all the help we have on the horizon?

        • With our depth, doesn’t need to be a failure, just someone with no spot in the rotation, like a Kuhl or a Boscan in Indy, pretty much any of the starters in the Altoona rotation.Specifically Dickson (who might fall into the failure category) or Eppler

      • What about maybe a Creasy or a Dickson? Are they on that type of path so to speak?

        • John Dreker
          May 10, 2016 5:02 pm

          I’ve said that Creasy would make a good reliever because his fastball plays up in short outings. I’m not sure if Dickson has the reliever mentality, they can’t even get him to attack hitters as a starter, but his stuff should be good enough for the role.

      • Nothing is more damning about how poorly the Pirates have drafted and developed pitching than the complete lack of relief options outside of Wilson.

    • and it’s amazing how only one of them has posted any significant success 3 years later…..

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