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Ben Cherington, General Manager of Pittsburgh Pirates, added to the organizational pitching pool by adding am Sunday acted against former announced pitching prospect Duane Underwood Jr. of the Chicago Cubs.
The 26-year-old Underwood was named one of the top 10 cubs by MLB.com three times and ranked fourth in 2015 – three years after the right-handed second-round high school graduate.
Underwood, who had been selected for action by the Cubs last week, was taken over in exchange for the infielder Shendrik Apostel.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Underwood has appeared in 30 MLB games, including 17 from the bullpen for the Cubs last season when he did 13 runs with 25 hits and six walks with 27 spikes in 202⁄3 innings.
« When we started talking about him and talking to (pitching trainer Oscar Marin) and (Bullpen trainer Justin Meccage) about his stuff, I know we like it, » said Pirate manager Derek Shelton. « That’s always first and foremost. An opportunity to take him to camp and let it play, let our boys get their hands on him, but we definitely like this stuff. »
Control in general was what held Underwood back. He allowed 3.8 walks per nine innings in the minors when most of his action was as a starter.
Underwood was added to the 40-man squad, replacing right-handed Carson Fulmer. Fulmer was deployed for the fifth time in the past eight months, the second time by the pirates. He allowed two runs during his only job that spring.
Chris Adamski is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.
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