The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted flame-throwing right-handed reliever Jesus Liranzo to Indianapolis and released right-handed reliever Tyler Jones.

Liranzo was a waiver pickup earlier this year, who hasn’t allowed a run in 12 innings over nine relief appearances with the Altoona Curve. The 23-year-old Liranzo has hit triple digits often with his fastball this season, mixing it with an effective slider and a changeup. He has 18 strikeouts, a .167 BAA and an 0.83 WHIP. He has had control issues in the past, but so far this season he has issued just three walks.

The 28-year-old Jones (pictured above) was signed as a free agent this off-season. In 16.2 innings over 12 appearances, he had a 5.40 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP, with 17 strikeouts and a .282 BAA.

Max Moroff was also activated for today’s 11:05 AM game and catcher Jackson Williams was assigned to Morgantown (paper move) to make room on the active roster.

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  1. It’s ironic that the pirates promote their international prospects faster than their mlb drafted prospects because they know that 6 years is it.

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