Originally written on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 9/1/12

The following players will join the Pirates tonight in Milwaukee as September call-ups: Chris Leroux, Justin Wilson, Eric Fryer, Jeff Locke, and Brock Holt.

None of these are a surprise, except for Holt – who also makes plenty of sense. Holt – a 9th round draft pick in 2009 – hit very well in Double-A early this season, and has gone absolutely insane in Indianapolis since being promoted this summer. In 24 games, he hit .432/.476/.537. Ridiculous. It’s a small sample, obviously, but with Neil Walker injured for the moment and the likes of Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer getting regular at-bats, why WOULDN’T you bring him up?  He’s primarily a second baseman, but has also played some short. I don’t think many were expecting Holt to be called up, but he definitely has a great chance of helping the Bucs in the final month of the season if he can stay hot at the plate.

You’ve seen the other four guys before. Wilson’s a powerful lefty that’s now coming out of the bullpen. Leroux can pitch out of the bullpen but has been starting for the last month or so (with moderate success), so it’ll be interesting to see if the Bucs go with him or Kevin Correia if they need someone to fill in for Jeff Karstens. Locke is pretty much set to be in the rotation (in Erik Bedard‘s old spot), and Fryer’s just an extra catcher/bench guy that they might as well bring up since he’s on the 40-man.

The Pirates will probably make a few more promotions once Indianapolis’ season ends, but these are the primary guys that you’ll actually see in important spots down the stretch. Additionally, Chase d’Arnaud will  likely be back up once he’s eligible to come back on Monday. The moves fill up the 40-man roster (Leroux and Holt were previously not on it, but the roster was only at 38 after Jeff Clement was re-assigned on Friday).


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