Jordan Luplow Joins The Pirates

Outfielder Was Red Hot At Indianapolis

Eric Hagman
July 06, 2018 - 6:11 pm
Jordan Luplow

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - Hot-hitting Jordan Luplow joined the Pirates from Indianapolis on Friday, giving the team a fifth outfielder.  Luplow is hitting .422 (29-for-67) with 3 home runs and 16 RBI over his last 20 games.  For the season, he's batting .297 with 8 home runs and 47 RBI in 77 games.

Luplow, 24, appeared in 27 games for the Pirates in 2017, batting .205 with 3 home runs.

To make room for Luplow on the 25-man roster, pitcher Clay Holmes was optioned to single-a Bradenton.

The Pirates were unable to come to terms with high-school pitcher Gunnar Hoglund by Friday's deadline.  The team's second selection (36th overall), Hoglund will attend the University of Mississippi.  Hoglund was the only one of their first 21 selections to not come to terms. 

Pirates scouting director Joe Dellicarri had this to say:

"We were unable to reach an agreement with Gunnar Hoglund.  We had conviction that we would be able to sign Gunnar when we made the selection but as the signing process evolved, it became clear that Gunnar viewed attending University of Mississippi as the best decision at this point in his life.  We respect that decision and wish Gunnar all the best in his future.  We anticipate adding a quality player with the 37th selection in the 2019 draft as compensation for not signing Gunnar."

The Pirates signed infielder Zack Kone out of Duke University.  He was a 13th round selection.