Edgar Santana to Be Promoted to Pittsburgh

Pirates Prospects has learned that relief pitching prospect Edgar Santana will be promoted to Pittsburgh, joining the Pirates for Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins. A.J. Schugel will also be promoted to the Pirates, with corresponding moves to be announced prior to the game. Santana will need to be added to the 40-man roster. Pirates Bullpen was first to report the moves and we were able to confirm them through a source.

Santana is the top relief pitching prospect in the system. He offers a mid-90s fastball, along with a mid-80s slider, with both pitches being used for strikeouts. He has also been working on a changeup, though it’s clearly well behind his two plus offerings. He also gets a lot of ground balls and usually works efficiently through innings by throwing strikes and getting soft contact for quick outs. Santana has struggled a bit lately, as the Pirates stretched him out during one relief appearance and he ended up allowing three runs. Since then, he’s allowed runs in three of his last five appearances. Prior to this recent stretch, he had allowed just one run in his first 17 appearances. More on these moves tomorrow once they become official.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Joe P

the GlasNow is half empty, lets hope it will be half full soon, the ceiling is high. I seem to recall Randy Johnson had to go back a few times and he turned out pretty good.
As far as Santana, no idea why he didn’t head North out of Spring. He really stood out.


No reason to recall Taillon until Monday. Glasnow will go down Schlugel in his place until Taillon up. Santana up and I think Neverauskas will go back down.


Nova to DL, Taillon to Indy. Surprised the callup isn’t Taillon but guessing Schugel will be a 1-2 day callup because the bullpen is taxed.


um they said nova is fine , tallion is at indy .


santana up nervaskus to indy, some player on the forty man will have to go, schugel up glasnow to indy , tallion will be coming up monday or tuesday with another player going down or dl maybe cole. le blanc watch 3run in 2 inning 4 hits so he could be “going to the dfa”. sounds like a song title.


The last time that the Bucs were 9 games under .500? 2011.






dr dng

The Amish guy is back….


I wonder if he has a Black Magic woman? And Hurdle gets fired


BW……….I heard that you don’t like Clint.

Bobby L

Hurdle only gets fired in season with organization which cares about winning.


We need to fire some players, instead?




Great, the pen needs help!


The Pens don’t need as much help as the Pirates…

Bobby L

the pen needs help…..along with some starters who can go more than 4 or 5 innings.


Amen to that. Only Nova and Williams carrying their share of the load right now. Taillon is soon to return. Brault is pitching well in AAA.

Glasnow to AAA is the obvious move. The next move might be Cole to the “vacation list” and give a start or two to Brault while you see how Kuhl does in the next few starts before deciding who goes back down, Kuhl or Brault when Cole returns.


Magical June 10, wasn’t exactly expecting Schugel no complaints I’m at the point of anything goes


Glasnow to Indy, Bastardo DFA’d, and Barbado to Indy.


Glasnow and Kuhl to Indy; I hope Bastardo but probably Ortiz is DFA’d
Schugel to Indy and Brault promoted when his rotation spot comes up in a few days

Pete Cepulis

Barbato was sent down a few days ago. Thinking they want to carry an extra reliever or two so Moroff may go back down. Marinez has looked OK, if he had pitched yesterday I would have guessed it would be him


Marinez could be a DFA candidate

Joe S

Stallings dfa’d, Stewart back, Santana up and on 40 man. Glasnow to AAA w/Schlugel up. Then Taillon up, Never down.


When will the White Sox claim Stallings?

Ben E

Work fast, change speeds, throw strikes.


Long overdue. Sad to say but the Pirates look lost right now, like a team already hoping for the season to end. No way are they competing for the WC, not even close. And why was Diaz not starting this game? Are they trying to lose? And what is up with Polanco? He is not looking like a star player at all.

Bobby L

Day game today…..Diaz sat Friday, maybe so he can start today?
Polanco…..who knows? Lack of interest, contract security, just one of many who are getting resigned to losing, injured?
It’s speculation, but if you were in the clubhouse after the O’s games and Watson and Hurdle walked by, would you even want to look them in the eye? Hurdle has lost this team.


I think Glasnow is headed to Indy.


Yessssss John Yesssss!! Even though we are a hot mess right now, we can see what he has!!! Plus this is the Super 2 date right?? So they have to think this guy can give them a really live arm that can truly help us!!

Joe Nastasi

It’s about damn time

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