Burnett gets the axe; Never ceases to amaze me…

And you wonder why this organization has been an also-ran for 15 years now ??
The Bucs made their latest bonehead move, reassigning Sean Burnett to AAA Indy.
I’m sure we’ll hear all of the typical rhetoric from Littlefield eventually, like he needs to keep working on his mechanics, keep getting his arm stronger, yadda, yadda.
Yeah, he was really struggling out there this year, no doubt. That gooseegg in the ERA column gives it away every time. Zero runs and five hits allowed in 11 1/3 innings.
But for all that, I wouldn’t have a problem at all with sending Burnett down, that is if the pitchers ahead of him in the rotation have earned their spots thus far this spring.
But that is not the case, and that is why I’m shaking my head this morning and grunting to myself, “same old Pirates”.
This is what happens when management proclaims, before spring training even starts, starting jobs on silver platters to four young pitchers between 23 and 25 years old.
And what is the result when those four know before they head to Florida that they’ve got a spot in the rotation sewn up ??
Well, in some cases, such as Ian Snell’s, he’s taken the ball and run with it. He’s obviously eager to prove his doubters in the last few years wrong. His 3.00 ERA, 24 SO/7 walk performance so far this spring is a telling sign.
Then you have guys like Zach Duke and especially Tom Gorzelanny. While Duke has had a pretty lousy spring, he has had the benefit of proving himself throughout a couple of major league seasons. History suggests that Duke will bounce back and regain his form. For that, he gets a pass, at least in my book.
But Gorzelanny has done absolutely nothing this spring to earn a starting job with this club. In 15 innings this spring, he has a 9.60 ERA, giving up 17 hits and 17 runs during that time. Moreover, the only thing that he should have earned, if this organization ever had any balls, is to send HIM down to Indy, and keep the lefty in Pittsburgh who has earned a spot this spring.
Now, given that the person who would have presented any competition to his starting job is now on his way to AAA, who knows, maybe Gorzelanny will come out today vs. the Devil Rays and pitch a great ballgame. Wouldn’t that be nice to see, at least one good outing from him before the team heads north.
But it must be nice knowing that after such a bad spring, you’re still a starter.

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  • http://www.davidhannes.com David Hannes

    It seems the every club does this–they ignore spring training stats and weigh prior MLB experience into the equation…but, usually, clubs will pull the quick hook if it continues into the regular season.

  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates Cory Humes

    Wow, we’re cranking stuff out this morning. Sorry to cover you up Tony–but with the feeds, it seems as if people are rarely hitting the main page, instead entering on specific posts. It doesn’t appear as if order matters too much.
    I’ve gone ahead and changed my time stamp. I like the Burnett story more anyway.

  • http://confluenceblog.blogspot.com Tony Ferrante

    LOL, don’t worry about it Cory.
    And now that McCutcheon has been sent down, there’s more to discuss anyway….

  • http://mvn.com/mlb-pirates/ Randy Linville

    I was optimistic that Burnett would at least get a chance to log some ML innings out of the bullpen and be the first option should one or more starters falter badly or get hurt. Maybe he will still be the first option (anybody but Chacon), but he’s not, at least initially, going to log any ML service time in the bullpen. That’s too bad.

  • http://confluenceblog.blogspot.com Tony Ferrante

    Gorzy has another lovely outing….
    Final Score: Tampa Bay 12, Pittsburgh 4
    Bradenton, FL (Sports Network) – Jonny Gomes went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hammered the Pittsburgh Pirates, 12-4, in Grapefruit League action.
    Delmon Young went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored and Jae Seo pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking two.
    Jose Castillo went 1-for-3 with a two-run double and pitcher Marty McLeary drove in a pair of runs with a single for the Pirates.
    Tom Gorzelanny took the loss, giving up seven runs — five earned — on seven hits, while striking out four and walking three over five innings pitched.

  • http://www.sportsocracy.org/?p=592 Sportsocracy » Blog Archive » The ‘Ocracy – Monday 3-26-07

    […] The Bucs have made some curious announcements over the past few days, sending the red hot Sean Burnett down to AAA, and naming Jose Batista the starting 3rd baseman.  Burnett hasn't given up a run this spring while contending for a rotation spot with fellow lefty, Gorzo, who has been lit up every time he's taken the mound thus far.  Batista gets a promotion with the uncertainty of Freddy Sanchez and his knee issues. […]

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