Dana Eveland, Minor League Signings, Player Pages

Some notes while I call it a day for adding player pages:

-The Oakland Athletics have designated left handed pitcher Dana Eveland for assignment.  Eveland had a decent season in 2008, with a 4.34 ERA in 168 innings.  Eveland did struggle with his control, posting a 1.53 K/BB ratio as a result of his 4.1 BB/9 ratio.  Eveland struggled in 44 innings with Oakland in 2009, with a 7.16 ERA.  However, Eveland was very unlucky in the process, with a .393 BABIP and a 63.1% strand ratio.  The average for pitchers is usually around .300 and 70% respectively.

Eveland is a heavy ground ball pitcher, posting a 56.5% ratio in 2009.  That could have led to his troubles, as Oakland’s infield didn’t provide the best defense in 2009.  Orlando Cabrera had a -13.1 UZR/150 at shortstop, then was replaced by Cliff Pennington, who had a -7.3 UZR/150.  Adam Kennedy had a -14.8 UZR/150 in 421 innings at second base, and a -11.4 UZR/150 in 691.2 innings at third base.  Jason Giambi had a -17.8 UZR/150 in 450 innings at first base.  The only infielders with decent numbers were Jack Hannahan, who posted a 26.6 UZR/150 in 335.1 innings at third base, Mark Ellis, who posted a 2.4 UZR/150 in 906.2 innings at second base, and Daric Barton, who posted a 4.8 UZR/150 in 416.2 innings at first base.

Eveland’s control is an issue, but Oakland’s defense could have also contributed.  He struggled at AAA, with a 4.94 ERA in 124 innings, but that team had some questionable fielders, especially up the middle.  Eveland could be a decent option out of the bullpen, and could also provide some starting depth for the back of the rotation.  I think he provides more value than a guy like Chris Jakubauskas, and wouldn’t mind if the Pirates claimed him.

-The Pirates added three minor league free agents this past week, in addition to Doug Bernier, according to Baseball America.  Those free agents are catcher Billy Killian, third baseman Kevin Melillo, and outfielder Anthony Norman.  Killian and Norman have yet to play outside of high-A, while Melillo has made it to AAA.  All three look to be nothing more than organizational depth, although Norman has a chance to put up a Miles Durham type season.  The Off-Season Tracker is updated with the additions.

-As for the player pages, I added a “Transactions” section to the bottom of each player’s page.  I’ve got 18 players finished, although I was out most of the day.  My goal is 10 pages per day, which means I’ll be done with the whole system by the end of February.  It could be sooner, as I don’t intend to do scouting reports for the organizational depth players, and I’ve already written scouting reports for most of the top prospects.  If you’d like to see the pages, go to http://players.buccofans.com.  Only one player is displayed at a time, and if you want to cycle through, you have to click “Older Posts”.  When I’m finished with all of the players, I’ll have a post on that main page with links to all of the players in the system, serving as a landing page.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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