Travis MacGregor and Noe Toribio are Headed to Indianapolis

According to Altoona manager Kieran Mattison, as reported by Jarrod Prugar, the Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitchers Noe Toribio and Travis MacGregor to Triple-A Indianapolis.

We had recent features here on both Toribio and MacGregor, after both showed extended runs of success in the long relief role. Both are former starters excelling with slightly less work and new pitches in their arsenal. Toribio added a splitter, while MacGregor added a cutter (see links for details).

This season, the 22-year-old Toribio has a 1.85 ERA in 39 innings, with a 1.07 WHIP, a 46:13 SO/BB ratio, and a .201 BAA.

MacGregor made three starts that went poorly early in the year. Since his switch to the bullpen, he has a 1.98 ERA in 36.1 innings, with a 1.02 WHIP, a 48:12 SO/BB ratio and a .195 BAA.

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The Indy roster now looks extremely lopsided with only TEN hitters, four of whom are catchers, and TWENTY pitchers. And that doesn’t count the guy the Pirates have to demote or DFA to go from 14 active pitchers to 13.

They can’t even field a full lineup because their bench is comprised of catchers:
C – Bins
1B – Martin
2B – Bae
3B – Bissonette
SS – Castro
OF – Swaggerty, Oliva, ???
BENCH: Delay, Davis, Ritchie

Meanwhile, the pitching staff:
Yajure, Wilson, Burrows, Bolton, Bido, Alldred, Fletcher, Jacques, Matson, Toribio, MacGregor, Stratton, Melendez, O’Reilly, Weiman, and a completely superfluous collection of 28-and-older guys: Eickhoff, Eckelman, Brice, Hanhold and Kirby.

So long story short, I’m really hoping there are some additional moves in the immediate future, with a couple of hitters being promoted from Altoona and a few of these 20 pitchers being released.

b mcferren

JaCoby Jones is available


So to balance out the 30 year-olds on the AAA pitching staff we should add a 30 year-old hitter? Why stop there? Dee Strange-Gordon is available too!


Not the best solution long term, but this is the Pirates. They have been playing Davis at 3b some lately, and I noticed they used Ritchie at LF over the weekend.


Just ridiculous. Playing a catcher in the OF at Indy when they have four starter quality outfielders in Altoona (Gorski, Fraizer, Scott, Lolo) plus Sabol and Citta (for what it’s worth) and the worst catching tandem in the major leagues.


Sabol played a lot of OF at USC. He’s played there some as a pro. It’s pretty clear that the Bucs want to see if he can catch.

Wilbur Miller

Uh, damn, that’s bizarre. Hopefully they send Peguero there. And consider promoting Gorski again.


I’d rather see them send Castillo out before Peguero but they should be cutting Chang and Vogelbach before Castillo or Peguero go. And Park goes out when Marcano comes off the Covid list

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My WAG is Peguero is optioned/”promoted” to Indianapolis as part of the Madris/Cruz promotion, moving Castro to 2B and Bae to the OF. They’ll need at least one more guy, possibly Marcano or whomever he displaces when he’s off the COVID-IL. Can’t run a team with just 11 hitters, 4 of whom are catchers. Well, BC thinks he can, but no.


Well, I got the Peguero part right.


that will give Alvarez a longer look. Or Sabol gets the call as an outfielder.


Remember, the minors are about development. Almost no one cares about W and L.


If they don’t back off with Bednar pitching 2 inning saves, they’ll need these guys sooner…They’ll end up blowing out Bednar’s arm

Wilbur Miller

It’s ironic that, all the rest of the time, Shelton puts teaching moments over winning, but he’ll risk by far the team’s best pitcher to squeak out a win or two. I’m totally impressed with Bednar, but is it worth the risk with this crappy team?

Instead, to try to win games, why not —

Make an actual effort to find some late-inning relievers so in the 7th or 8th it’s not a choice between Bednar and bedlam?

Give leverage chances to guys who’ve actually pitched well, like Vieaux, Yerry, and De Jong, instead of veterans who keep blowing up games?

Make some zero-risk moves that have a 100% chance of improving the team, like ditching Hembree, Chang, the catchers, and eventually most of the guys on IL?

Bring up Bae?


Remember at the beginning of the year Shelton was using Bednar in high leverage 8th innings and Stratton would pitch the 9th?

Wilbur Miller

I was fine with that, but it illustrates how badly they need somebody reliable for short relief, which Stratton isn’t right now.


I like the mention of De Los Santos and Vieaux. They should definitely be given the opportunity. Stratton has been ineffective and, if I am not mistaken, is only about a year away from FA?

I know he is very young, but Noe Toribio is probably one of our better GB relievers.


Keep in mind that Bednar hardly gets a chance to save games, he is basically been used as a long reliever and getting the rest of a starter.


I think he’s on pace for 80 innings, which would be a career high at any level he’s pitched


That would be high!

Wilbur Miller

I’d give a lot for another Teke. Topped 100 four straight years. Had years of 128, 134, 135.


Only if you find another rubber armed submariner


Different world. Better chance you’ll see a SP throw 150 pitches on average per night than a RP throw 100 innings.

Wilbur Miller

Teke was unique.


yup 🙁




It sure would be nice to see the Pirates build their own bullpen.

Wilbur Miller

These are potentially important promotions. The Pirates badly need to bolster the bullpen and these two could be options late in the season.


Absolutely. Yes.


Happy for MacGregor, he has overcome his share of obstacles! Hope to see him up in September!


Totally agree. Between his injury and the lost year it seemed like he may have lost his shot. It is great to see him pitching well again. He has been up t0 3 innings so part of me hopes they let him try starting again.

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Wilbur Miller

Somebody from GBO gotta be moving up.

Garcia, Sullivan and Junker seem like candidates.

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Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Though, I think Murph mentioned Nick Garcia, who I could see get the call first.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I know a 2021 college arm I’d like to see be that callup

Wilbur Miller

You’re a big Sullivan fan, do I remember that right?

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