According to Alex Stumpf of DK Pittsburgh Sports, the Pirates will promote right-hander Max Kranick to the majors tomorrow.
For the Pirates’ game against the Cardinals, Kranick will make his MLB debut as the starting pitcher.
Kranick, a Scranton, Pennsylvania native, was drafted in the 11th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers, who paid a $300,000 bonus for him.
He’s pitched in 54 of 58 minor-league games, with a 3.47 ERA in 280 innings, and he’s pitched in both Double-A and Triple-A for the first time this season.
Over 35 innings (19 1/3 at Triple-A, 15 2/3 at Double-A), Kranick has a 4.37 ERA, 24.65 percent strikeout rate, and 6.16 percent walk rate.
According to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report, “although he doesn’t have one pitch that jumps off the page, Kranick does have a solid feel and has shown an ability to throw strikes with all of them,” he is the 26th-best prospect in Pittsburgh’s farm system.
Kranick’s fastball has the best scouting grade (55 on a 20-80 scale) of his three pitches, and he frequently approaches the 94mph mark, with the ability to reach 98mph on occasion.
Because the Pirates are in the midst of a rebuild, looking at a 23-year-old arm fits right in with the team’s objectives to focus on the future.
How Much Does Max Kranick Make?
Max Kranick makes a base salary of Max $705,000.