About a month ago, I took a stab at exploring the mind of Ian Snell. I saw some parallels between his actions and my own personality, and tried to use those parallels to dissect the situation. Here is the final paragraph from that post:
More importantly, what does this mean for Snell's future on the field? I think that if Snell can regain his confidence, we might see the same Ian that we saw in 2007. The Ian that welcomes all criticism and tries to defeat it between the lines. This may or may not make him a good pitcher again, but it can only help his mental state on the mound. Triple-A just might be the place for him to recapture that confidence.
We are at the point where Snell has regained his confidence. Heck, we may have been there after Snell's first start at Triple-A, when he struck out 17 Mud Hens. He has thoroughly dominated the Triple-A level, striking out 43 while walking 12 and allowing only two earned runs in 32.1 innings. Clearly, he has major league ability that is...
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.