Jesus Liranzo Promoted to Indianapolis; Tyler Jones Released

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.

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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Jack S

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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