Ryan Doumit tore the cover off of the ball (.415/.493/.717 in 53 AB) during a rather pointless demotion to the minor leagues. With the Pirates as offensively challenged as they are, Doumit at the very least should be utilized fairly often off of the bench. He's back up with the Pirates, and had himself an excellent game today (4 for 4, including a double and a home run.) I wonder about Doumit's long-term future with the team. He is an intriguing everyday option as a catcher, possessing above-average power and a strong arm. However, the Pirates seem committed to Ronny Paulino as the everyday backstop, and have concerns about Doumit's ability to block balls. Adam LaRoche blocks his path at first base, and the team does not seem convinced that Doumit can play a passable right field. He seems like a guy who could become trade bait at some point. A number of teams could use a potent offensive option behind the plate.
Sean Burnett (4.35 ERA, 6/9 K-BB in 20.2 IP), Bryan Bulli...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.