Pirates Add Zack Collins and Luis Ortiz for Tuesday’s Doubleheader

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled C/1B Zack Collins from Indianapolis. To make room on the roster, infielder/outfielder Tucupita Marcano has been optioned to Indianapolis. The Pirates also called up Luis Ortiz as the 29th-man for today’s doubleheader. To make space on the 40-man roster, Bligh Madris has been designated for assignment.

Collins was just picked up off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, where he hit .194/.266/.417 in 26 games. He has a .195/.306/.347 slash line over four partial seasons in the majors.

Marcano is hitting .201/.251/.302 in 48 games for the Pirates this season.

Ortiz was announced yesterday, with the news breaking the previous night. He has made just two starts for Indianapolis, with completely different results, allowing four runs over four innings in his debut, then six no-hit innings last week. He had a 4.64 ERA in 114.1 innings with Altoona. He will be starting game two of the doubleheader.

Madris struggled in the majors and he’s done well in Indianapolis this year. He hit .177/.244/.265 in 39 games for the Pirates, and he has an .848 OPS in 71 games for Indianapolis.

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Assuming Ortiz and Collins appear in a game, they will be the 55th and 56th players to play with the Pirates this year. The all-time MLB record is 57.


And these mfrs didn’t even play any rookies, can you believe it!


de los Santos

all debuted this year and logged a fair bit of time. If Ortiz gets into the rotation over the next 3 weeks, I’d add him to the list above.

That of course doesn’t count Cruz (2 games), Marcano (50 PA) and Contreras (1 game), who already debuted last season – barely.

The rest of the gang who made their career debuts, short film category:



Maybe Cherington’s trying to break the record. That might help explain some of the seemingly moronic moves he keeps making.


What an up-and-down season for Madris, and he’s a great example of just how tough it is to stick–he earns his way up, get’s off to a hot start and is a feel-good story, but then in a pretty small sample size struggles, and now he’s on waivers. I hope he gets another chance and he’s probably a better fit with another organization.


Nah, wrong perspective.

In any competent org trying the least bit to win baseball games, Madris never sniffs a big league roster.

He’s one of the exceptionally lucky beneficiaries of a strategy that randomly plays whatever prospects are available due to making no effort to actually be good at baseball.

Wilbur Miller

It’s unfortunate it didn’t go better for Madris, but it’s even tougher to stick when you’re a 26-yr-old rookie who doesn’t have a stellar MiL track record. He earned a shot, but the window of opportunity isn’t going to stay open a long time in that situation.

Still, I’d rather see them pruning the waiver wonder weeds. They’re choking out the garden.


I would not be surprised to see another team grab Madris off waivers. He showed some promise early, but struggled last time up, and has hit well in AAA. He is a guy a team might take a look at if they have room on the 40-man.


I wouldn’t be surprised if the A’s or Nat’s claim him.


Probably good for Marcano, he needs at bats. Hopefully they give him some time at short just to see if he can handle it for a super utility purpose.


Maybe he can follow the Suwinski/Castillo plan–go to AAA, get all of his struggles out, and when the front office is convinced those struggles are out, come back to the majors to perform well. It’s a paradigm shift–a player doesn’t earn his way back by performing well but by being bad enough that Cherington is convinced he’s due. 😉


I don’t think it’s that approach by BC at all. Batting practice matters. Achieving what they need to work on matters. If pitch recognition improves, if hard hit ball 5 or launch angle improves it may be the time to promote them as results will usually follow. Perhaps that is the measuring stick.


This board has devolved to the 80s where triple slash lines over small samples are all that matters.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Let’s go, Ortiz!!!!


Would not mind seeing what Collins can do at 1B as well If he can hit righties and Chavis can hit lefties………..

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

That had him getting innings at 1B in Indy, so that’s probably in the cards


I hope someone in Pitt knows some card tricks and sleight-of-hand because Collins looks like just another one of BC’s “everyone thought he would be good when he was drafted” players who has never worked out. He’s been primarily a catcher and Chavis actually has a better BA against righties than he has. Giving Mason Martin a shot at first would be way more interesting and a far better gamble than another one of Cherington’s follies.


Martin getting limited AB’s up here won’t do him any good. I agree I would rather see him, bit if he’s going to eventually make it everyday AB’s @ Indy is what’s better for him right now


Thinking that his 274 SO in 453 AB against AAA pitching has something to do with it. This his his worst SO numbers of his career. If he is that bad against AAA pitching, not even Jobu could help him against MLB pitchers. I had high hopes for him too but he actually regressed hugely instead of improving his contact numbers this year.

Last edited 20 days ago by robertkasperski

Zack Collins is another no-hit catcher the Pirates always seem to employ.

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