5 Bucs prospects named Dominican All-Stars

Stratton, Ramirez put on IL; Markel, DuRapau called up

August 30th, 2019

DENVER -- Five Pirates prospects were named Dominican Summer League end-of-season All-Stars on Thursday: second baseman Juan Jerez, third baseman Alexander Mojica, center fielder and Player of the Year Randy Romero, and pitchers Francisco Hodge and Sergio Umana. In addition, the organization's DSL No. 2 club's manager, Shawn Bowman, was named Manager of the Year.

"There were times when we had two teams down there and they didn't combine for 55 wins," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said before Pittsburgh opened a four-game series on Thursday night at Coors Field. "This year, one of our teams [DSL Pirates2] has won 55 games. We've got the All-Stars from both teams, the manager of the year. How cool is that? We're proud of them. We're happy for them."

Romero, 20, slashed .376/.418/.495 with 13 doubles, five triples, a home run and 36 steals in 62 games for DSL Pirates2, earning the league's top honor as Player of the Year. Jerez, 17, hit .272/.324/.469 with seven homers for DSL Pirates1 in his first taste of professional baseball. Mojica, 16, also excelled in his first pro ball experience, hitting .351/.468/.580 with eight homers in 55 games for DSL Pirates2.

Hodge, 19, posted a 1.64 ERA over 16 appearances (three starts) for DSL Pirates2. Umana, also 19, turned in a 2.39 ERA over 13 starts for DSL Pirates2 in his first pro season.

Stratton and Ramirez to IL, Markel and DuRapau called up

The Pirates placed right-handers Chris Stratton (right side inflammation) and Yefry Ramirez (right calf strain) on the 10-day injured list prior to Thursday's series opener against the Rockies.

Pittsburgh recalled right-handers Parker Markel and Montana DuRapau from Triple-A Indianapolis in a corresponding move.

Markel has made four Major League appearances and gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings (7.71 ERA) for the Pirates earlier this season after Pittsburgh claimed him off waivers on July 27. Prior to that, he appeared in five games for the Mariners, allowing eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings (15.43 ERA). He pitched six scoreless innings for Indianapolis prior to being recalled.

DuRapau made his Major League debut on May 9, and in 13 appearances (two starts) for Pittsburgh, posted a 7.56 ERA. He owned a 1.83 ERA over 36 appearances for Indianapolis this season.