The Indianapolis Indians have been short-handed recently due to the shoulder soreness suffered by Trevor Williams, along with A.J. Schugel and Rob Scahill being promoted to the majors. They added Chad Kuhl yesterday and he will start in place of Williams tonight. Today they added John Kuchno to help the bullpen. He is active for tonight’s game.
Kuchno spent all of last season in Altoona, where he made 40 relief appearances. In 67.2 innings, he had a 3.46 ERA, posting an impressive 2.59 GO/AO ratio. He has ran into trouble in both of his outings this season, giving up five runs over 3.2 innings.
Frank Duncan takes the place of Kuchno in Altoona and he will be used in long relief this year, possibly getting some spot starts. He has been down in Extended Spring Training, recovering from an oblique injury he suffered last month. Duncan made 25 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton last year, posting a 4.32 ERA in 152 innings. He too had an impressive ground ball rate, with a 1.95 GO/AO ratio.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.