Spring Training Game 18: Bucs/Devil Rays Thread, Pirates to Sign Soler

As far as I can tell, it’s as if this game doesn’t exist: No Gameday Audio, no MLB.TV, no FM NewsTalk 104.7. What, a matchup between Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay doesn’t excite you?
Tom Gorzelanny takes the ball for the Bucs in need of a solid outing. Consider these updated Grapefruit League stats for our rotation candidates, sorted by innings pitched:

 

IP

GB

FB

K

BB

Pitches

Strikes

Duke

13

18

10

10

3

81

68

Snell

11

8

12

13

3

93

69

Armas

9

8

15

3

0

68

49

Chacon

8.2

6

16

4

3

55

43

Maholm

7.2

15

1

6

2

46

38

McLeary

7

12

5

4

0

43

40

Gorzelanny

6.1

10

4

5

6

70

45

Youman

5

5

7

2

1

25

21

Gorzo’s appearances to date:

 

IP

H

ER

BB

K

GB

FB

3/1

2.0

2

1

1

1

5

0

3/6

1.1

2

5

5

0

3

1

3/11

3.0

6

4

0

4

2

3

We can live with the first game—nothing spectacular, but that’s typical for pitchers still trying to shake the rust off. What happened the second time out? No control? Then, he found the strike zone, but got hit hard.
The key—in my mind—is in going out, keeping the ball down and throwing strikes. Easy enough, right? Now do it, Tom, so as to put to bed these rumors of your demotion. I like Shane Youman, but there’s no reason to hand him (or Chacon, or McLeary) your job.
Updates will come as I get them.
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From the NY Daily News (hat tip to Evan Brunell for the link):

Alay Soler is expected to sign with the Pirates, though he’s likely ticketed for the minors.

You can find Soler’s Baseball Cube profile here. The reasoning behind the signing of the Mets’ cast-off is found in these five words:

Defected from Cuba in 2003.

I’d imagine he’ll head to Indy for the start of the year (Tim Dierkes guesses Altoona), and serve as a support system for Yoslan Herrera soon enough. When you consider that there are eight starting pitchers in the chart above, plus Burnett, Bullington and Van Benschoten, plus Kuwata, Soler and Herrera…we’re talking about a serious logjam. Could be that he’ll have to start with the Curve just to get innings.
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I’ll let Pirates.com’s headline tell the story on Gorzo today:

Gorzelanny rebounds from tough first [inning]; Left-hander does not allow a run in final three innings

You can find the recap and box score here.  Tampa Bay won 8-3; Jose Bautista played second base, and Jamie Romak—I believe—made his Pirates debut.

Author: Randy Linville

Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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

    If we could somehow combine Alay Soler and Romulo Sanchez, I think we’d have something. At least it would be an imposing name. I don’t think many MLBers would want to stand in against Romulo Soler.