Pirates Option Steven Brault to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned left-handed pitcher Steven Brault to Indianapolis on Thursday evening. The move is to make room for outfielder Jordan Luplow, who is expected to be added to the 40-man roster tomorrow and promoted from Indianapolis for the game against the San Diego Padres. The Pirates are off tonight, so there is no need to add Luplow to the roster until tomorrow.

Brault made two appearances with the Pirates on this current road trip. He was recalled five days ago when Gregory Polanco was placed on the disabled list. He pitched one inning against the Colorado Rockies on July 22nd, giving up two runs, then returned three days later to throw three shutout innings against the San Francisco Giants. He should return to the starting rotation in Indianapolis to provide depth. At worst for him, he will be back up when rosters expand in September.

  • Surprised I didn’t see this mentioned, bringing Luplow up now is no brainier. He has to have been on roster by August to be playoff eligible. And with no Marte if they make it Luplow on the playoff roster makes a lot of sense even if they pick up someone via trade.

  • Why keep LaBlanc? He has been beyond bad for awhile.


    Osuna – .259/.299/.462/.761
    Frazier – .273/.347/.375/.722

    Jaso – .216/.308/.397/.705

    Moroff – .138/.239/.207/.446
    Gosselin – .150/.190/.175/.365

    • The question becomes will they be able to sneak Gosselin off the 40 man and back to AAA to make room for Luplow……..

    • Oh, and BTW, that is bullshit sending Brault back down after his second outing of 3IP, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 2K. He can pitch, and I think he may be able to post some numbers with the bat that could compete with Moroff and Gossilin, whose numbers are listed above. Gosselin has already been sent down, but Moroff is still there, and at a time we need him the most, Jaso is on a 3 for 40, .075 batting average for July.

      I know Clint, just like in Vegas, where the losers walk away mumbling about a slot machine that is due to hit.

      • Two runs in 4 innings is a 4.50 ERA, about what a sensible fan would expect from Brault. Hey, if he could play the backup SS position maybe he could take Moroff’s spot. With Polanco’s injury they need an OF who can run. They can play Osuna in PNC in RF and perhaps not suffer much. But he looked like a minnow in the ocean in SF’s right field.

  • So he is only keeping Polanco’s seat warm, but can he field? Can he hit? Can he run? Everyone on this site is Gaga about Osuna how does he compare?

    • meatygettingsaucy
      July 27, 2017 8:19 pm

      Luplow currently rates as an above average defender, leads the organization in HRs, is maintaining strong peripherals, and hasn’t slowed down since being promoted to AAA.

  • rickmontgomery
    July 27, 2017 6:35 pm

    Let’s hope Luplow gets better than the open seat on the bench that callups seem to get.