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Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #17

Pittsburgh Pirates Roundtable #17

Question #1:
Which Pirates' pitcher would you love to see have a strong Spring Training? Why is it important for him to perform in Bradenton?
Chris from The Unofficial Pittsburgh Pirates Message Board:
Salomon Torres is an important pitcher on the Pirates' staff with his new role as the full-time closer. Spring Training is important for him because of the slow start he got off to in 2006. Jim Tracy and Jim Colborn need to be careful how he is used, because he is in a different role as the closer, which usually is a one-inning stint. If Torres is blowing saves early, it could affect the Pirates' ability to get off to a fast start and carry over the good second half of 2006.
Andrew/azibuck commentor from Bucs Dugout:
Yo Herrera. With injuries and poor talent evaluation, and the good young pitchers already in Pittsburgh, the system is extremely thin with pitching. Barring injury, 2007 looks solid with the big three, Gorzelanny, and Armas/Chacon, plus the marginal guys like Youman an...

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