The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted right-handed pitcher Max Kranick to Triple-A Indianapolis yesterday according to the team’s transaction page. Kranick, who was added to the 40-man roster this last off-season, made three starts for Altoona this year. He was scheduled to make his fourth start on Friday, but the team got rained out and he didn’t pitch over the weekend, getting promoted instead. Indianapolis lost two starters this weekend when both Chase De Jong and Chad Kuhl joined the Pirates.
Kranick posted a 4.02 ERA in 15.2 innings with Altoona. He had a 16:2 SO/BB ratio, a .233 BAA and a 1.02 WHIP. He managed to hit 99 MPH during his first start this season (I don’t have readings for any other outing). He also hit that number in April during the Alternate Site Training Camp and in bullpens over the off-season. The 23-year-old Kranick was an over-slot signing in the 11th round of the 2016 draft. He has dealt with some injuries over the years, but he’s working with a new delivery that has shortened his arm path and helped his velocity.
There could be more moves coming up, but for now, we know that left-handed pitcher Trey McGough will be joining Altoona from Greensboro. He had a 2.00 ERA and an 0.89 WHIP in 18 innings with the Grasshoppers. He made five relief appearances before getting the start in his last outing. The 23-year-old McGough was a 24th round pick in 2019.
UPDATE: Kranick will make his Indianapolis debut tonight.