MLB Cowboy Call-Ups: Mercer’s hot stretch boosting Pirates

Nathan Ruiz

Sports Blogger

@NathanSRuiz

 

MLB

Koda Glover, right-handed pitcher, Washington Nationals

After earning his second save on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, Koda Glover has not earned one since, landing on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left hip impingement. A rough outing in Colorado earlier this week, during which he allowed he allowed two runs in one inning, bumped up his ERA to 4.15.

 

Tyler Lyons, left-handed pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals

Tyler Lyons made his 2017 debut Thursday, allowing a run in two innings of relief against Toronto. Now recovered from a knee injury that delayed the start of his season, Lyons will serve as the Cardinals’ long reliever.

 

Jordy Mercer, shortstop, Pittsburgh Pirates

Jordy Mercer

Jordy Mercer has been picking up steam, ending a four-game hit streak Sunday. During the stretch, the Pirates were 3-1, and Mercer was batting .357, raising his season average to .231, while hitting his second home run of the year Friday.

 

Double-A

Michael Freeman, left-handed pitcher, Corpus Christi Hooks (HOU)

Although walks remain a concern, Michael Freeman has continued to be a dominant reliever for the Hooks. Before allowing a run in a season-high 2 1/3 innings in his last outing, Freeman pitched seven straight scoreless appearances. He has a 1.50 ERA this year, and that high walk rate might be the only thing holding him back.

 

High-A

Thomas Hatch, right-handed pitcher, Myrtle Beach Pelicans (CHC)

It’s still early in Thomas Hatch’s professional career, but he has yet to find the same success he had while earning Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors a year ago. Since pitching five shutout innings in his professional debut, Hatch has yet to make it through the fifth. Owner of a 5.24 ERA, Hatch hasn’t allowed a home run this year.

 

Class A

Collin Theroux, catcher, Beloit Snappers (OAK)

Despite having another year of eligibility at Oklahoma State, Collin Theroux decided to sign with the A’s after being their 32nd-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft. In the minors, he has proven to be the same player he was for the Cowboys: a reliable catcher with good power and a tendency to strikeout. Theroux has one hit in his past 15 at-bats; that one hit was a homer. He’s batting .189.

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