After a stand-out season with the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have promoted right-handed pitcher Roansy Contreras and will start him tomorrow night against the Chicago Cubs.
The move was first announced in a tweet by MLB insider Hector Gomez and was later confirmed by Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Pittsburgh Pirates call up RHP Roansy Contreras.— Héctor Gómez (@hgomez27) September 28, 2021
He will make his debut tomorrow against Cubs.
This season (AA / AAA):
3-2, 2.64, 58.0 IP, 41 H, 17 ER, 13 BB, 82 SO, WHIP 0.93. pic.twitter.com/5xlHtd0vqZ
Contreras, 21, is ranked as the Pirates’ No. 6 prospect and second best pitching prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and he came to Pittsburgh in the offseason as part of the Jameson Taillon trade, and was assigned to Double-A Altoona at the start of the minor league season.
Despite missing part of the season with a forearm injury, Contreras managed to go 3-2 with a 3.65 ERA through 58 innings and held opposing hitters to a .185 batting average. Upon the conclusion of the Curve’s regular season, he was bumped up to Indianapolis where he started in one game and struck out six hitters over 3.2 innings pitched.
While Contreras’ promotion came quicker than most expected, manager Derek Shelton said that the promotion will give him and his coaching staff a good look at what they can expect from him in the coming years.
Derek Shelton on Roansy Contreras: "We’re getting to take a look at one of our prospects, one of our top prospects. I think we temper all excitement, just like we do with any situation. But it’s just a credit to our development group as we continue to move guys forward."— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) September 28, 2021
Contreras pitched in a few games with the Pirates during Spring Training, and quickly showcased his arsenal of pitches that includes a blazing four-seam fastball and a curveball with a huge break.
Below is a clip from one Spring Training appearance.
You could say that Roansy Contreras is nasty. pic.twitter.com/DVZJmBk0DJ— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 23, 2021
With Contreras expected to start tomorrow night against the Cubs, it officially means Pittsburgh will have another holiday to celebrate: Roansy Day.