PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled infielder/outfielder Ji-hwan Bae from Triple-A Indianapolis. To make room for him on the active roster, the Pirates have placed catcher Tyler Heineman on the 7-day concussion IL.
Bae, the Pirates’ 11th-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline, will make his major league debut against the Cubs on Friday night at second base and will bat ninth.
This season with Indianapolis, the 23-year-old has hit .289 with a .792 OPS with 23 doubles, eight home runs and 53 RBIs in 108 games.
Bae ranks tied for fifth in the international league with six triples and is tied for eighth with 30 stolen bases, showcasing his plus-speed.
The Pirates signed Bae as an amateur free agent in 2018. The deal came after his original agreement with the Atlanta Braves was vacated due to Braves’ rule violations in the international market.
To make room for him on the active roster, the Pirates have placed catcher Tyler Heineman on the concussion-IL.
This season with Pittsburgh, Heineman has hit .222 with a .552 OPS and eight RBIs in 49 game since being claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in May.
Zack Collins will make his catching debut for the Pirates on Friday night as the battery mate of starting pitcher Bryse Wilson.
The Pirates’ 40-man roster is now at 39.