Pirates recall RHP Josh Sharpless from AAA Indianapolis; RHP Brian Rogers optioned to AAA Indianapolis.
Sharpless receives another shot with the big league club after failing to make the team out of spring training. The Beaver, PA native threw 12 innings for the Bucs in 2006, posting a 1.50 ERA while strugglling with his control (11 walks.) Never a control artist, Sharpless had issues with the free pass in Indianapolis as well, walking 15 batters in 27.1 Innings. Sharpless, 26, has an over-the-top delivery, hitting the low-90’s with his fastball and mixing in a nasty slider.
Rogers had a short stay with the Pirates after being recalled to replace veteran Marty McLeary. Acquired last July from the Detroit Tigers for First Baseman Sean Casey, Rogers is a sinker/slider reliever, topping out in the high 80’s. Rogers has had 2 brief big league stints with the Pirates, throwing 8.2 Innings (8.31 ERA) in 2006 and posting a 13.50 ERA in 2 innings in 2007. Rogers seemed to seal his fate by giving up back-to-back home runs against the Cincinnati Reds on May 26th.
On the whole, I like giving Sharpless another shot to establish himself on the big league club. Rogers, at best, is the 11th or 12th arm on a pitching staff. His ordinary arsenal leaves with with little margin for error. Sharpless, despite his wildness, has the ability to be more of an asset for the Pirates in the long run. If Sharpless can lower his walk rate even somewhat, it’s not that difficult to envision him sending righthanded hitters back to the dugout muttering.