The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected the contract of Chase De Jong and have optioned Yerry De Los Santos to Indianapolis. The move comes a day after the Pirates used seven relievers in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals. That included two outs from De Los Santos in the fifth inning, right before Ke’Bryan Hayes tied the game.
De Los Santos was called up prior to yesterday’s game, replacing Cody Bolton, who was previously called up this week through the revolving door for that final spot in the bullpen. De Jong will give the Pirates a fresh arm in the event that Rich Hill can’t go deep into the game.
In his previous trip to the majors this year, De Jong had a 10.61 ERA in 9.1 innings. He had a much better season last year, posting a 2.64 ERA in 71.2 innings. Since being sent down last month, he’s made five appearances in Indianapolis, with a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings. He’s dealt with control issues all year at each level, regardless of the ERA results. That wasn’t the case last year.
HENRY DAVIS PROMOTED TO INDIANAPOLIS
5:09 PM: As first reported by Jarrod Prugar, the Pirates have promoted catching prospect Henry Davis to Indianapolis.
Altoona Curve catcher Henry Davis has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis … much more to come.
— Jarrod Prugar (@jprugar26) June 4, 2023
Davis had ten home runs and a .980 OPS in his time with Altoona. No word yet on whether the Pirates will make a move to bring Endy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh, or if they’ll get a chance to work Davis and Endy together.
The last time the two were on the same team was the start of last season, in Greensboro. Davis got the bulk of the playing time behind the plate. Rodriguez excelled at the position after Davis left, and has moved ahead of Davis in the prospect rankings since. Davis will get more of a challenge at the plate by the advanced pitching at the higher level. At this point, I think it would be better to have Davis playing more in right field. I’ll discuss that in a column this evening.
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