Mel Rojas has been promoted to AAA. He deserved it as he had been hitting around .300 all year. Plus, the Pirates need to know what they have in him. He has gotten better as each year passes. Played AA last year and had his best year. He returned there this spring, and increased his walks and lowered K's. He has hit better as well. This could be to help the AAA outfield assuming Polanco is up to Pittsburgh in a week or so. It may also be because Lambo had surgery and is probably not coming back soon. I thought Keon Broxton might get the call up as he has been just as good as Rojas all year and he plays a corner outfield spot. Keon deserves a promotion soon.
If we are looking for other people who are deserving of a promotion Drew Maggi could be mentioned. He is hitting over .300 and is becoming a jack of all trades. He is a super utility player who might deserve a future spot on the 40 man. He is playing some outfield now, and perhaps that is a good reason to leave him in AA for now. But he can play the infield and soon corner outfield spots. If his hitting stays as good as it is, it would be nice to see if he could do it at the AAA level. Later in the year you might look at promoting Adrian Sampson as well. He is pitching lights out baseball this year. It is not time for him to go to AAA yet, but before the year is out it will be.
If some of those guys get promoted you have to fill the holes, and I actually think Jonathan Schwind should get the first call up. He is hitting a nice .325 and is playing the outfield now. He could see what he could do against AA pitching. Josh Bell is over .300, but just getting through a season healthy seems to be the best idea for him. I do think before the year is out AA is where Bell needs to be, but there is no rush. Schwind needs evaluation and seems to have A+ figured out. Schwind is not a real high prospect, so no big deal if he flops. Bell you have to be careful with. Wait until you know he is ready.
The problem is I am not sure what position guys to promote to A+ from West Virginia. No real outfielders stand out because the prospects are all hurt. McGuire is hitting well and throwing out runners, but I go back to the no need to rush a prospect. The guy who is hitting the best is Erich Weiss, but he is learning second base, and so there seems to be a reason to keep him lower to work on his defense. In fact, Buddy Borden might be the guy who should be called up. He has 45 K's and seems to be working late into most games. But this is his first year of full season ball, so I would not do that any time soon either. Wait and see how his stuff looks after he logs some more innings.
The Pirates are 3 outs away from taking Game 2 from the Dodgers for two in a row. I refuse to get sucked back in. This team is out of it, and I will not allow my hopes to get up. I will not.
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