Holt, Four familiar names join Bucs
Four players with prior Major League experience and an infielder for whom the experience will be unprecedented have been added by the Pirates to their expanded roster.
Left-handers Jeff Locke and Justin Wilson, who have already contributed to the 2012 club, and catcher Eric Fryer were recalled from Indianapolis, while righty Chris Leroux was selected from the Triple-A club.
Also selected from the Indians was Brock Holt, who will be making his big-league debut after sparkling in his first month at the Triple-A level. Being “selected” applies to players newly-added to the 40-man roster, as were Leroux and Holt to fill the two existing vacancies.
This is anticipated to be only the first of at least two waves of promotions by the Pirates, with additional moves expected at the end of the Indians’ playoff run.
Holt, a slight (5-foot-10 and 165 pounds) Texan, hit .432 in 24 games following his promotion from Double-A Altoona after hitting .322 in 102 games with the Curve. A ninth-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Holt has a .317 career Minor League average.
Leroux will also be making his first appearance of the season with the Pirates after having spent the first two months recovering from a strained pectoral muscle. He joined Indianapolis, first on a rehab assignment, on June 10 and was 4-0 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 games, including seven starts. The 24-year-old appeared in 51 games in 2009-11 with the Marlins and the Pirates, who selected him on waivers from Miami.
Locke, 24, was also a September call-up last year and briefly rejoined the Bucs earlier last month, allowing one hit in 4 1/3 innings of two relief appearances.
Manager Clint Hurdle is expected to choose Locke to start on Tuesday in PNC Park against the Astros, stepping into to the spot vacated by released veteran lefty Erik Bedard.
Wilson, a career starter in the Minors, was recently converted to relief work, apprenticeship for the role he is expected to fill with the Pirates. In a one-day big-league introduction last month, he fired a shutout inning in San Diego, striking out the side around two hits allowed.
Fryer has had brief stays with the Pirates in each of the last two seasons. Recalled in early July, he appeared in four games, primarily as a pinch-hitter.