I’m a couple of days late on this (that’s what I get for not checking me email more often), but it must be noted that the Pittsburgh Pirates called up outfielder Steve Pearce, the organization’s third-ranked prospect, to replace pitcher Matt Capps. Capps is expected to be out for eight weeks or more; it’s not known how long Pearce will occupy his roster spot. One article that I ran across suggested that he could be back in Indianapolis when Phil Dumatrait and Ian Snell return next week.
In the meantime, however, the 25-year-old Pearce has to be hoping for a chance to prove him self at the major league level. His ascent to this point started slow, with two full seasons in various levels of A ball, before taking off in 2007. He started that season with Lynchburg (A+-Carolina), progressed to Altoona (AA-Eastern), then Indianapolis (AAA-International) before landing in Pittsburgh for 23 September games. Overall, he hit .333 with 31 homeruns and 113 RBI in the minors and .294 with no homers and six RBI for the Pirates. He is considered the organization’s best hitter for both average and power.
At the time of his callup, Pearce was hitting .259 with 11 homeruns and 50 RBI in 79 games for Indianapolis. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in his first major league at-bat of the year.