There are currently a lot of people on Facebook and Twitter congratulating Adam Frazier on getting called up to the majors, including one of his own teammates in the Pirates’ system.
Shout out to the homie @A_Fraz12 getting called up to the show!!!
— Justin Maffei (@J__Maffei) June 24, 2016
Frazier was removed from tonight’s Indianapolis game in the 7th inning as a defensive replacement during an 8-4 game. He was also removed at the same time as Cole Figueroa. No reports on whether Figueroa is also being called up, or if it was just coincidental that they were removed at the same time.
Currently, the Pirates are carrying three catchers, and Chris Stewart has been able to get back in games, so it would make sense if they cut back to two catchers and carried a more useful position player. Frazier can play all over the field, spending most of his time in left field this year, but also getting eight starts at second base, 13 in center field, and two at shortstop, including tonight’s game. With the outfielders banged up, Frazier’s outfield experience could add some value here, and be a reason for the call.
We’ll have more on this as more information becomes available.
UPDATE 3:07 PM: The move is official, as the Pirates have called up Frazier. To make room on the active roster, they have sent Jacob Stallings to Indianapolis. To make room on the 40-man roster, they have designated Cole Figueroa for assignment.
The Pirates also reinstated Juan Nicasio from the restricted list, and designated Jorge Rondon for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.