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The Pittsburgh Pirates intend Roansy Contreras, one of their top pitching prospects, to make its debut in the major league by starting Wednesday at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs.

The 21-year-old right-handed from the Dominican Republic, one of four prospects acquired by the New York Yankees in the Jameson Taillon deal in January, is ranked 6th by both Baseball America and the MLB Pipeline Pirates prospects. Contreras has a fastball that sits at 95-96 mph and mixes it with a changeup and a curveball.

“Assuming it all goes through, our excitement is that we see one of our prospects, one of our top prospects,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “I think we dampen any excitement, just like we do in any situation. But it’s just an honor for our development group as we keep people moving forward. ”

Contreras was 3-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 0.90 WHIP and 76 strikeouts against 12 walks in a dozen starts for Double-A Altoona that season. He was selected for the futures game but missed July and August with right forearm overload. Promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this month, Contreras allowed one run with four hits and one walk, while beating six in a 4-3 loss in Omaha on September 22nd.

“The reports have all been positive,” Shelton said. “I know he looked at some health issues at the beginning of the year, and again it’s the most important thing for each of our players. We will take that first and foremost. ”

Kevin Gorman is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Kevin by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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