Some good news, for a change
Brad Lincoln, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Wednesday's stats: 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K
This decade has been littered with pitchers taken by the Pirates in the first round only to have their careers destroyed by arm surgery before they could make an impact in the big leagues. Lincoln is trying to change all that. The 2006 first-round pick continued to impress in his return from Tommy John surgery by earning the win in his Triple-A debut Wednesday. With a fastball that has been up to 94 mph this year as well as two solid secondary pitches, Lincoln suddenly is looking very close to the big leagues, and he can help the Pirates' offense as well, as the former two-way Houston star had a pair of singles Wednesday.
In other Triple-A debut news
Marc Rzepczynski, LHP, Blue Jays (Triple-A Las Vegas)
Wednesday's stats: 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
Rzepczynski moved up last week after having allowed one run over 20 innings in his last three Double-A starts, and he kept the momentum going with a dominating Pacific Coast League debut. He won't be a dominating force, as his command and secondary pitches are better than his fastball, but he's looking more and more like a big leaguer, one who could get a look at the end of the year.
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