Pirates Prospects has learned that the Pittsburgh Pirates released minor league pitchers Jason Creasy and Justin Topa on Wednesday. Creasy was an eighth round draft pick in 2011, signing an over-slot deal ($250,000) out of high school. He was considered at top 50 prospect in the system at one point, but after a down year as a starter in Altoona in 2015, followed by a 2016 season that saw him miss most of the year with a forearm strain, his prospect stock took a hit. The 24-year-old right-hander had a low-90s fastball that touched 95 in the past. While he was returning from injury last year, he worked on a slurve instead of his normal curveball, to try to help him develop a strikeout pitch.

Creasy pitched five times for the Pirates this Spring Training. Used in a mop-up role, he threw a ...

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