Cam Alldred earns promotion by pitching rather than throwing

With Cam Alldred getting the call to the big leagues yesterday, he will give the Pirates bullpen a much different look.

Alldred is versatile. He has started and relieved. He works multiple innings. All of those things have him fitting into the Pirates philosophy perfectly.

Where Alldred is unique is that he only throws in the low 90s on a good day. He has a cross-body action that is deceiving and his stuff just plays. Simply put by Indianapolis manager Miguel Perez, Alldred just pitches.

“[Alldred] just consistently gets guys out,” Perez said. “He has great stuff. I know the trend right now is guys throwing in the high-90s, but [Alldred] actually pitches. He takes control of every situation that he has been put in.”

Even without the elite velocity, Alldred has struck out 15 in 17.2 innings this season with Indianapolis. Alldred has as many strikeouts as baserunners allowed this season, allowing only 12 hits and three walks. He has also only had two appearances where he did not work into at least a second inning. He has one start and seven relief appearances, but has worked into at least a third inning three times, with four full frames as his high water mark.

Additionally, he is a ground ball pitcher, with 2.5/1 ratio in favor of groundouts. Alldred is also purely filthy against lefties, striking out nine and surrendering just one hit in eight innings. He is solid against righties too, but they did hit .289 against him in 9.1 innings.

Alldred has dominated Triple-A this season, and he just passes the eye test in a different way. With the news of Wednesday’s promotion, now he will get a chance at a new test in Pittsburgh.

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csmyczek

Happy to see a young arm get promoted. I would rather get one of these guys up with mixed results than give innings to vets with no upside. Hopefully a shift in mentality.

Bucs'N'Pucks

Then, somewhat related to promotions, we’re about to enter the start of graduation season. Beginning a little earlier with clubs that opened up with their Top Prospects rostered.

Prospects that have graduated thus far: Detmers, Ashby, Pache, Bart, and Joe Ryan

Hitting Prospects closing in on graduation: Witt (105 ABs), Julio Rodriguez (114 ABs), Torkelson (87 ABs), Pena (98 ABs), Kwan (84 ABs), and Perdomo (95 ABs)

Pitching Prospects closing in on graduation: Hunter Greene (26 IP), Josh Winder (22.1 IP), Edward Cabrera (I think he’s probably close to being promoted again, 26.1 IP), and Gore (26 IP)

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Bucs'N'Pucks

Now just DFA Chase De Jong, Fletcher, Hembree, Tucker, and Vanmeter. Add Yerry and Cal. Call up Yerry, Cal, Roansy and Castro. The 3 open 40 spots I’m leaving can be for when Mason, Hunter Stratton, and McGough/Bolton/Bido are deemed ready for a MLB debut. Which, when Mason is “ready” will probably be the moment Yoshi is traded/released.

jedeweese

Looking forward to a very successful lefty.

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