A lot of people have been calling for it to happen and it finally is. Chase d’Arnaud will be promoted from AAA-Indianapolis in time for Friday’s game against Boston. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, IF Josh Harrison was optioned to AAA.
First off, let’s go over some info on d’Arnaud. The Pirates’ 2008 4th round pick is in the midst of a solid 1st go around at AAA and has rebounded quite nicely from his disappointing 2009 campaign at AA-Altoona. Things didn’t start off well for d’Arnaud this season as he hit .217/.323/.373 in April. However, he turned things on in May with a .329/.357/.465 line and is continuing the success into June where he is hitting .299/.365/.429. He also has 17 SB in 20 attempts. Expect d’Arnaud to get some playing time at 3B mainly, however he is capable of playing 2B and SS, too. Many view him as the Pirates’ future shortstop, depending on his defense.
Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Why did Harrison get sent down and not Pedro Ciriaco?” Jen Langosch from MLB.com provides an excellent reason as to why.
Basically, the Pirates also have plans to call up Alex Presley to DH for the series against Toronto. They will then be calling up Brad Lincoln next Saturday to start one of 2 games during a double header. Lincoln will most likely be called up and someone will have to be removed from the roster then to make room for him. After Lincoln’s start, he will be demoted, and Harrison will most likely be called up. When a player is optioned, he cannot be recalled for 10 days unless there is an injury on the ML roster. Therefore, optioning Harrison now will allow the Pirates to call him back up once Lincoln start is finished. Had the optioned Ciriaco now, and Harrison later, Harrison would not have been able to join the team for another few days. It’s confusing, but it makes some sense.
But anyways, back to d’Arnaud. He will become Neal Huntington’s 2nd draft pick to make the Majors. The other was ’08 1st rounder Pedro Alvarez.
The Pirates will also need to make a corresponding move to make room for d’Arnaud on the 40-man roster sometime Friday.