By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that Drew Hutchison will be making his Pirates debut on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds. Chad Kuhl was originally supposed to pitch, but will have his start skipped in an effort to limit his innings.
Back in 2011, Hutchison had been one of the better pitching prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system. However, his success in the minors didn’t translate at the big league level, posting a 4.92 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP in parts of four seasons with the Jays.
During this year’s trade deadline, the Pirates made quite an interesting deal to say the least, as they traded Francisco Liriano along with prospects Reese McGuire and Harold Ramirez to Toronto to obtain Hutchison.
In 18 starts for AAA Buffalo, Hutchison posted a 3.26 ERA. He wasn’t as consistent following the trade, as he put up an ERA of 4.50 in seven games (six starts) with AAA Indianapolis. Hutchison had his best outing for Indianapolis this past Saturday when he pitched 6.1 scoreless innings versus the Louisville Bats. The Pirates brought up Hutchison on Tuesday.