The Pirates haven’t made any final decisions on who will be called up Sept. 1, when the major league roster limit expands to 40 from 25, or beyond.
However, it is extremely doubtful that their top two prospects, right-hander Tyler Glasnow and first baseman Josh Bell, will be promoted from Class AAA Indianapolis, according to a source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking.
Locked in tight races in both the National League Central and in the chase for the first NL wild card, the Pirates plan to only promote players who they feel could legitimately help them in the stretch run.
Glasnow and Bell were both promoted to Indianapolis from Class AA Altoona on Aug. 1 and the Pirates’ plan is for them to begin next season back at Indy then make their major league debuts at some point in 2016.
Glasnow is 0-1 with a sparkling 0.81 ERA in six starts with Indianapolis while Bell is hitting .337 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 24 games.
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