INDIANAPOLIS - The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that six players have been promoted to the big leagues from Indianapolis following Indy's first-round playoff exit last night. Relievers Johnny Barbato, Edgar Santana and Jack Leathersich were recalled along with starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow and catcher Jacob Stallings. Left-handed specialist Dan Runzler also had his contract selected by the Pirates.
Barbato, 25, went 0-1 with four saves and a 3.06 ERA (12 ER/35.1 IP) in 26 games (two starts) for the Tribe this season. He excelled after the All-Star break, recording a 2.49 ERA (6 ER/21.2 IP) in 14 appearances.
Glasnow, 24, was among Minor League Baseball's best after being optioned from Pittsburgh in mid-June. The fireballer notched a 9-2 record and 1.93 ERA (20 ER/93.1 IP) in 15 outings for the Tribe, including seven starts with 10-plus strikeouts. He fanned 140 total batters, good for third-most in the International League despite missing the first two months of the IL season in the majors with the Pirates. His strikeout total was the highest by a Tribe pitcher since 1989, and he became the 13th pitcher in franchise history (since 1902) to lead the Indians in punchouts in consecutive seasons. He made one postseason start for Indy against Durham, throwing six innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts in a Game 2, 2-0 loss.
Leathersich, 27, was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh on Sept. 4 and made three playoff appearances for Indianapolis. He went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (2 ER/2.0 IP) and four strikeouts in those outings combined.
Runzler, 32, returns to the big leagues for the first time since 2012. The left-handed reliever tallied a 1-4 record, seven saves and a 3.05 ERA (14 ER/41.1 IP) in 40 appearances. The Santa Monica, Calif. native went 0-1 with five saves and a 2.04 ERA (4 ER/17.2 IP) in 20 outings after the All-Star break. He held left-handed batters to a .215 average (14-for-65).
Santana, 25, makes his third trip of the season to Pittsburgh. The Dominican went 1-3 with eight saves and a 2.79 ERA (18 ER/58.0 IP) in 44 relief appearances for Indy. He posted the longest scoreless streak by a Tribe pitcher in 2017, throwing 21 2/3 consecutive innings of shutout baseball from April 11-May 21.
Stallings, 27, was a force behind and at the plate. He hit a career-best .301 (65-for-216) with four home runs, 16 doubles and a career-high 38 RBI in 62 games. He finished the regular season with a 10-game hitting streak while hitting safely in 21 of his final 22 games played. Behind the dish, he threw out 37.0% of basestealers (20-of-54). Indy's catching quartet of Elias Diaz, Tomas Morales, Stallings and Jackson Williams combined for the second-best caught stealing mark (38.0%) in the IL for the season.
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