The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted left-handed pitcher Domingo Robles to Bradenton and right-handed pitcher James Marvel to Altoona on Monday afternoon.
Both pitchers were mentioned in our Top Performers article (The 21) this morning. Robles allowed one run over 12 innings last week and Marvel gave up two runs over 14 innings. The bigger picture shows that they have both pitched well all season. Robles has a 2.97 ERA in 115 innings, which ranked him eighth in the South Atlantic League. He ranked third in innings pitched and 11th with a 1.25 WHIP. His promotion is a bit surprising because he just turned 20 at the end of April and West Virginia was already him skipping a level after pitching in Bristol last year. The Pirates usually aren’t aggressive with young pitchers during their first year in full-season ball.
Marvel has been a workhorse, leading the entire farm system in innings pitched with 134.1 in 21 starts and one relief appearance. He had a 3.68 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 100 strikeouts with Bradenton.
Marvel is joining Dario Agrazal in the Altoona rotation, after Agrazal was promoted to Double-A over the weekend. It was technically a promotion because he was on the Bradenton 25-man roster and not there on rehab, but Agrazal already has Double-A experience with one start last year and nine earlier this year before straining his right shoulder.
More on all three players in the article linked above. Also as a side note, our Player of the Week JT Brubaker, was named the International League Pitcher of the Week. So that’s four players from The 21 you can read more about.