09/06/10 6:17 PM ET
Resop making big impression
By Chris Adamski / Special to MLB.com
"[The Pirates] got a real good find with him," the veteran manager said while he sat in the visitors' dugout during batting practice. "He's always had a great arm, but now he knows how to pitch. That was a good pickup for [the Pirates]."
Resop has been one of the Bucs' best relievers since they acquired him off waivers from the Braves on Aug. 4. He has been scored upon only three times in 15 appearances, allowing only seven hits with 17 strikeouts in 13 innings.
Resop pitched in Japan in 2009 and signed a contract with the Braves this past offseason that stipulated he had to be on the Major League roster by June 15 or he could elect to become a free agent. He made only one appearance with the Braves before a strained oblique muscle sidelined him, an injury that ultimately forced the Braves' hand into putting him on waivers.
"We made him a starter this year for the first time and he took off like gangbusters [in the Minors]," Cox said. "We couldn't wait to get him up here. He had a drop-dead date [of July 1], and we made room for him because he was throwing so well. He just came up with an oblique pull and we had to get somebody else."
Resop, who has not allowed a hit and has struck out six in four innings over his past four outings, has worked his way up the Pirates' bullpen hierarchy and could be setting himself up for an even more prominent role in 2011.
"Obviously, he's put himself in a good situation," Pirates manager John Russell said. "He's thrown the ball well. He's a guy you can count on. He comes in and throws strikes -- and he throws quality strikes. He's put himself in a really good spot with us, and I think he really has found his niche a little bit. I think he's really comfortable here and likes it here and is making a strong statement for himself."
Resop allowed one hit and walked two over one scoreless inning in a relief appearance in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Braves.
Lincoln among players recalled by Bucs
PITTSBURGH -- About an hour after defeating the first-place Atlanta Braves, 3-1, on Monday afternoon, the Pirates announced their intention to instantly make their active roster about 25 percent larger.
The Bucs said they planned to add seven players to the Major League club on the day that regular-season play in the Minor Leagues officially ended. Pittsburgh recalled infielder Pedro Ciriaco, catcher Jason Jaramillo and pitchers Brad Lincoln and Justin Thomas from Triple-A Indianapolis, and intends to select the contracts of outfielders Alex Presley and Brandon Moss and pitchers Brian Bass and Steven Jackson from Indianapolis.
Manager John Russell was not available after announcing the moves, many of which were expected.
Lincoln, the team's No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, went 1-4 in nine starts with the Bucs this summer. The right-hander might be an option to take over Jeff Karstens' spot in the rotation. Karstens has been scratched from two of his past three starts with arm fatigue, although Brian Burres filled in admirably in Monday's victory over Atlanta.
Presley was hitting .323 with 12 home runs, 84 RBIs and 13 triples in 135 games split between Double-A Altoona and Indianapolis this season, zooming his way up the list of Pirates prospects. He and Moss, the everyday right fielder last season, join an already-crowded outfield that had seen four different players start in right field over the past four games.
Ciriaco, 24, was acquired from the D-backs in the Chris Snyder trade on July 31. Jaramillo spent most of the past two seasons as Pittsburgh's backup catcher, and Jackson and Thomas have each spent time in the Pirates' bullpen previously this season.
To clear the necessary space on the 40-man roster, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and first baseman Jeff Clement will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The club will also designate for assignment second baseman Aki Iwamura and catcher Erik Kratz.
All had played for Pittsburgh at some point this season, with Clement and Iwamura in the Opening Day lineup. Clement hit .201 with seven home runs in 144 at bats.
Young gets right-field call Monday
PITTSBURGH -- Four days, four different starting right fielders for the Pirates.
Delwyn Young had the "9" next to his name on the lineup card for Monday's game against the Braves, a day after Ryan Doumit played the position in the series finale against the Nationals. Lastings Milledge was in right for Saturday's game, and John Bowker made his first start as a Pirate Friday night.
"It's just we've got some guys we'd like to get some playing time," manager John Russell said. "It's a position we feel like we can move some guys around and get a look at them."
Russell denied the team is unhappy with Milledge, the incumbent at the position.
Over the course of the season, six different players have manned right field for the Bucs, including the since-traded Ryan Church and Garrett Jones, who is more natural at first base.
Young went 0-for-3 with a strike out in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Braves.
Awards handed out in Minors
PITTSBURGH -- Two in-state Pirates' affiliates closest to the club in proximity handed out their postseason team awards in ceremonies Sunday.
Double-A Altoona honored catcher Hector Gimenez as the Curve's Most Valuable Player, left-handed starter Rudy Owens as Pitcher of the Year, closer Daniel Moskos was the Fireman of the Year, first baseman Matt Hague the Iron Man and infielder Josh Harrison the team's Unsung Hero.
Veteran Gimenez led the team in home runs with a career-high 16, and his .305 batting average was among the Eastern League leaders. Owens, one of the Pirates' top prospects, was 12-6 with a 2.46 ERA in 26 starts. Moskos, the Pirates' first-round pick in 2007, was one of the top closer's in the Eastern League this season, going 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 21 saves.
Short-season Class A State College awarded outfielder Adalberto Santos the Spikes' MVP, right-hander Kevin Decker earned the team's Pitcher of the Year Award, and outfielder Cole White and infielder Chase Lyles shared the Spikes Leadership Award.
Santos led State College in hitting (.319), runs batted in (35), runs scored (45), doubles (15), triples (7) and stolen bases (17). Decker went 8-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 appearances.
Also, Curve Manager Matt Walbeck has been named the 2010 Eastern League Manager of the Year.
With Joe Martinez's three-inning relief appearance Sunday, the Pirates tied the 2008 franchise record for most pitchers used in a season with 26. The team has used 47 different players overall in 2010, two off the club record set in 1987 and 2001.
Chris Adamski is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.