by Zane Heiple
|photo by Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Thursday that they would begin to make a flurry of roster moves to prepare the team for the rest of interleague play and an upcoming double header against the Washington Nationals on July 2. The first move was the promotion of Chase d’Arnaud from Triple-A Indianapolis. In order to make room for Chase on the roster, Josh Harrison was sent down to Triple-A, but the organization said the move may be temporary. Another move will have to be made in order for d’Arnaud to gain a spot on the 40-man roster.
Chase d’ Arnaud is a former 2008 fourth round draft pick of the Pirates. He has worked his way up through the organization since 2008 going all the way from Low-A to Triple-A In four seasons. So far this season in 62 games with Indy, he has hit .280 with 4 home runs and 33 RBI. Chase is able to play many infield positions and will most likely see time at third base and shortstop while in Pittsburgh. His fielding percentage this season is a combined .992 at three positions and has 97 putouts with 106 assists. He also knows what it takes to win championships, as he was a part of the Lynchburg Hillcats Carolina League Championship team in 2009 and the Altoona Curves Championship team in 2010.
d’Arnaud’s time with the Buccos may short depending on how the rest of the roster moves are made over the course of these next two weeks. While it may be short, Chase has the opportunity to give us Pirates fans the opportunity to see the shortstop of the future take some reps in the big leagues. Be sure to check back to www.fansfromthestands.com, along with our facebook and twitter pages for more details on roster moves as they take place.