The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have added right-handed pitcher Dario Agrazal to their taxi squad in anticipation of starting tomorrow’s game against the Miami Marlins. Teams can add a player to the taxi squad for up to 24 hours without adding the player to the active roster. The Pirates will need to make at least one move to add Agrazal to the active roster and the 40-man roster prior to tomorrow’s game.
The 24-year-old Agrazal was just recently named as our Pitcher of the Month for May. He had made eight starts since being promoted to Indianapolis earlier this season. He has a 3.10 ERA, with an 0.97 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. Until a few days ago, he led the International League in both ERA and WHIP (by 21 points), but he is now just a few innings shy of qualifying for league leaders.
Agrazal was on the 40-man roster last year and early in 2019, until the Pirates dropped him in favor of Aaron Slegers. At the time, the move didn’t seem bad because Agrazal had suffered three separate significant injuries between mid-2017 and the end of 2018, while not showing the stuff we saw prior to being added to the 40-man roster (more on that in the link above).
We will have more on him tomorrow.