The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled an outfielder, optioned an infielder, activated a player off of the disabled list and made two minor trades on Friday.
Outfielder Alex Presley has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. Infielder Josh Harrison, to make room for Presley, has been optioned to Triple-A.
Shortstop Chase d’Arnaud has been activated from his rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Indy. A corresponding move will need to be made now that d’Arnaud has been activated because the 40-man roster is full. He was on the 60-day disabled list, thus not counting towards the 40-man roster.
The Pirates also made two trades today. The Pirates acquired left-handed pitcher Atahualpa Severino from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash, and they have acquired right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for what will probably be cash or a player to be named later.
In 629 MLB plate appearances, Presley has hit for a .261/.302/.422 triple-slash line with 14 home runs and 19 stolen bases. Presley, 27, has been very good in 2013 at Triple-A Indy, hitting for a .281/.373/.425 slash line.
Harrison hasn’t been very good over 492 plate appearances with the Pirates in parts of thee seasons with a .248/.278/.364 slash line.
D’Arnaud has seen a small amount of time with in the big leagues with the Pirates, but wasn’t able to hit consistently enough or field well enough to stick around. He is a base-stealing threat with great speed. However, like they say, you can’t steal first base. He will play for Triple-A Indy and steal a lot of bases.
Severino has only pitched 4.2 MLB innings, so we’ll look at his minor league numbers. With the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in 2013, Severino pitched nine innings with six hits allowed and six walks. He has struck out 10 batters and posted a 3.00 ERA. Godfrey has 42.1 innings pitched for the Red Sox’ Triple-A affiliate with a 3.83 ERA. He only has 30 strikeouts and has allowed 44 hits and 19 walks.
The only thing I really take away from these moves today is that Harrison is back in the minor leagues again. Any move that sends Harrison back to the minors is a good thing, because he just isn’t that good of a baseball player.