PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) - With three starters out, one for the year, at the Major League level, the Pirates have some prospects excelling in the minors.
The Bucs had three minor-leaguers named pitchers of the week; Alex McRae at AAA, Cody Bolton at high-A and Brad Case at low-A.
McRae carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his last start to finish giving up a hit and no runs and is the International League Pitcher of the Week. The 26-year-old righty is 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA overall. The 26-year-old made 19 starts in AAA last year, going 3-10 with 104 strikeouts in 117 innings.
Bolton, who is just 20, was drafted in the sixth round out of high school in 2017 and hasn’t given up more than one run in any start this year. The 6’3” right-hander is 5-0 with a 0.77 ERA with the Bradenton Marauders.
The 22-year-old Case is 6’6”, 220 pounds and gave up just a hit over seven innings in his last start and is 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA for Greensboro this year. A righty, Case has struck out 30 and walked only two. The Florida native was 5-1 in his 11 minor-league games last year and as a career professional WHIP of 0.97.