The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Travis MacGregor on the disabled list on Monday morning and promoted ninth round draft pick Logan Stoelke to West Virginia.
MacGregor was on the disabled list earlier this year due to a deltoid muscle injury on his pitching shoulder. He was out for five weeks before he made his return in the GCL. He was skipped a start last week and pitched just two innings yesterday on ten days rest. This latest issue is in his forearm. This season ends two weeks from today, so he could be done for the season, depending on the severity of his injury and whether the Power can make the playoffs. I inquired about him being done for the year and wasn’t given a definite yes, just that it was possible.
Stoelke has been dominating at Morgantown recently, with no runs in his last 16.2 innings and just two hits, with 24 strikeouts in his last 13.2 innings.
Some other movement at the lower levels happened today as well. Mariano Dotel, an 18-year-old shortstop in the DSL, moved up to the GCL today. That move was made necessary by Pat Dorrian leaving the GCL over the weekend to replace Sherten Apostel in Bristol. Dotel, who had a .642 OPS in the DSL, debuted in the GCL today.
Pitchers Yerry De Los Santos and Lizardy Dicent both moved from the GCL to Bristol today. Both of them started the season in the DSL. Dicent “throws gas” (mid-90s) and has 30 strikeouts in 25.1 innings this season, while holding batters to a .217 BAA in the GCL. De Los Santos has been dealing with injuries since 2015, so it’s good to see him advance two levels in one season. Batters are hitting .178 against him this year in 12.1 innings and he has 14 strikeouts.
UPDATE: Figured there could be more and two DSL pitchers are also in the GCL now. Braham Rosario and Jose Maldonado also made the jump. The 18-year-old southpaw Rosario has a 1.84 ERA in 44 innings, with a 1.16 WHIP and a .205 BAA. Maldonado made just six appearances, posting a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings with 17 strikeouts. He’s a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher.
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