The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted right-handed pitcher Gavin Wallace to Bradenton on Tuesday. That move was made to open up a rotation spot for Travis MacGregor, who is on the mound tonight for West Virginia. Montana DuRapau has also been promoted to Indianapolis after Erich Weiss went on the disabled list.
Gavin Wallace had a 3.69 ERA in 14 starts for West Virginia this season. The 15th round pick from last year’s draft had a 1.03 WHIP, a .230 BAA, a 43:13 SO/BB ratio and a 1.32 GO/AO ratio in 75.2 innings before the promotion. He joins his older brother Mike Wallace, who has made six starts and ten relief appearances for the Marauders this season. Bradenton will likely make a move to open up a roster space tonight or tomorrow morning for Gavin Wallace. James Marvel seems like the most likely option, since Altoona needs a starting pitcher, but nothing has been announced and that’s just my guess.
MacGregor pitched twice in the GCL on rehab, throwing seven innings total with two runs allowed. He will be on a somewhat limited pitch count in his first two starts back.
DuRapau has been in the Altoona bullpen since his 50-game suspension ended last month. The 26-year-old righty has a 2.89 ERA in eight appearances. He pitched late last year for Indianapolis, but the suspension set him back until now.
Erich Weiss did not play the last three days. His injury was listed as a right hip flexor strain. He’s hitting .247/.309/.404 in 54 games this year.
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.