Lincoln hit hard in Friday’s loss
Pirates management has been pleased with Brad Lincoln’s progress and believe he is on track for a 2010 callup but a callup won’t be happening anytime soon.
The Pirates are eyeing more consistency from Lincoln who was hit hard in Indianapolis 7-6 loss Friday night.
Lincoln (2-1, 4.76 ERA) pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 earned runs, 2 home runs and walked 4. Lincoln was coming off a strong outing against Louisville on April 25, where he surrendered just 1 run and 5 hits in 7 innings.
Lincoln’s development of his breaking ball has been one area where Pirates scouts having been raving about.
However, a best case scenario for the Pirates is for Lincoln to dominate at the Triple-A level this season, before getting called up. The former first round pick has yet to do that at any level in the minors.
Lincoln has struggled this season most notably against left handed hitters. Lincoln has a 7.62 ERA against lefties and has given up four of his five home runs to lefties.