Pirates cut three more, including Walker

The Pirates made three more cuts today, sending third baseman Neil Walker, and pitchers Brian Slocum and David Davidson to minor league camp. Walker will report to AAA, where he hit for a .242/.278/.414 line last season with a 31.56 AB/HR ratio. The Spring Training tracker has been updated, and there are 40 players remaining in camp.

Once again, no surprises, as LaRoche was expected to be given the first shot at the starting third base job, while Davidson and Slocum didn’t figure to make it in to the major league bullpen mix.

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  • salempirate

    What would it take to get the save stat changed? As you point out, if a reliever enters in a crucial situation then turns the game over to the closer, who is basically just a mop-up man for the 9th, shouldn’t the 1st pitcher get a save and the closer get a hold?

  • Lee Young

    Good article in SI about how Jerome Holtzman, who invented the save rule, would be appalled at how it is used today.

     

  • Lee Young

    Tim……I’m old enough to remember when Giusti, Teke, Face, etc, all pitched multiple innings.

    They seemed to hold up quite well. 

    • gonfalon

       agreed :thu:

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    Why don’t the Pirates use some real outside the box thinking and hire Mike Marshall?  There is no reason to keep on doing it like everyone else, when guys STILL get injured.  Pitchers careers are short, use them up and spit them out, or try to find a competitive advantage like Marshall and keep YOUR pitchers healthy.  It won’t last long if it works, because then everyone will do it.  Fewer pitchers should be the goal, the norm used to be a 10 man pitching staff.  More bench players give more options for platoons, and making a weaker team like the Pirates more competitive.

  • leadoff

    I agree with trading Hanrahan, I don’t think he is going to have the same year this year as last and I think they could have landed some decent talent for him, they still have pitchers in the minor league system that are not going to make it as starters and will be converted to relievers before long anyway. I trust Grilli more than I trust Hanrahan even though Grilli has given up a couple of long balls.

  • gonfalon

    “Look at the Pirates. How many major injuries have their pitching prospects had the last few years?”

    *no jinx no jinx no jinx*

  • Lee Young

    From last night’s Curve game:
    “Reliever Duke Welker stranded the tying run at third to end the eighth, then pitched the ninth for his first save.”

    Now THERE YOU GO!! That’s how we should do it!

  • dropkickmurphys

    Good follow up.  As I’ve written, all managers use their best relievers completely backwards.  Using them in the first, late inning/high leverage situation is how they should be used.  Using until their turn in the lineup come up, also makes sense.  One inning relievers (and less) are a complete wast of resources. 

    The Pirates absolutely should trade Hanrahan.  In fact, as a small market team, they should deal every successful closer every two years or so.