Pirates Prospects has learned that Bradenton right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal will be promoted to Altoona after the Florida State League All-Star break. Agrazal started last night’s game for Bradenton, so he won’t be available to Altoona until Tuesday at the earliest. Expect him to be added to the active roster on the day that he is scheduled to make his first start.

Agrazal has pitched terrific this season and just added strikeouts to his game. He has always been a pitch-to-contact guy, working down in the zone and pitching to both sides of the plate. He’s been excellent at getting ground balls, but was never a big strikeout pitcher until last month. In his last seven starts, he has picked up at least six strikeouts in six of those games.

After signing as a pitcher who sat 87-91 all the time, Agrazal has bumped that up each of the last three years. He currently sits 95-96, touching 97 MPH this season. He didn’t lose any of his plus command while increasing his velocity and he still gets a lot of grounders. He pairs that fastball with a sharp breaking, hard curve in the mid-80s and a changeup that shows nice separation from his fastball.

In 80.1 innings this season, he has a 2.91 ERA, with a 63:10 SO/BB ratio, a .243 BAA, a 1.03 WHIP and a 1.93 GO/AO ratio.

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  1. John, what is Dario’s upside? That extra velocity combined with good control and a power curve sounds intriguing.

      • John: Just pulled up the box score of the DSL Pirates and Oliver Garcia had another good outing – is it possible he gets promoted to the GCL?

        • That DSL box score also shows six guys in the Friday lineup under the Mendoza line. Yeah, I know — batting average isn’t the best indicator of talent….but yikes!

        • I can’t predict DSL promotions for a few reasons. One is that they rarely happen, unless it’s something like last year where the three players all got called up due to injuries. Two is that there isn’t any rhyme or reason behind them. Sometimes they are to fill injuries or empty roster spots, but it can be a prospect or an extra player who wasn’t needed down there. They don’t call up guys due to performance only, has to be a second reason, and even then it could just be the worst player on the team coming over.

      • Ha! I know. Allegedly. Start collecting for the fund for the day he gets 5 cakes for one birthday now.

  2. If these improvements stick where does he end up in the Prospect Rankings? Seems like a Top 10 or Tier 3 to prospect to me.

  3. Is this the first move, or just the first one that we know about? He is likely going to be bumping someone from Altoona’s rotation since there already isn’t much room in Indy’s rotation, and no prospects at Altoona that would force anyone in Indy to the bullpen.

    Oh, ya, and congrats to Dario.

    • Altoona is without Brandon Waddell and Yeudy Garcia right now. Someone could move up from WV, although I’m not sure if anyone is a good candidate right now, other than being old for the level. If not, Bradenton has both Bret Helton and Logan Sendelbach

      • John Dreker, what is Dario’s upside? That extra velocity combined with good control and a power curve sounds intriguing.

        • I would say the upside is an MLB starter now. Before he added the extra velocity last year (and more this year) I thought he would be a spot starter/middle reliever type. The ground balls and ability to throw strikes were intriguing, but he has stepped it up even more this season.

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