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Dario Agrazal Will Start Saturday’s Game for the Pirates

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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.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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