Some Monday afternoon notes, and a few interesting links…
-According to Scott McCauley, Daniel McCutchen was placed on the disabled list in Indianapolis. Rob Biertempfel reports that it was due to arm fatigue. In McCutchen’s last outing his velocity was only topping out at 90, and he was hit around to the tune of seven runs and 12 hits allowed in six innings.
-Rob Biertempfel also reports that Hunter Strickland has been promoted from West Virginia to Bradenton to take the spot in the rotation previously occupied by Bryan Morris. Strickland’s spot will be taken by Victor Black. This is kind of a surprise, as Strickland has been getting hit around a lot in West Virginia, with a 5.86 ERA in 43 innings.
I was surprised at the start of the season when Strickland was left at low-A. He pitched 126.1 innings at the level between two affiliates, with a combined 3.49 ERA, and a 74:19 K/BB ratio. Strickland put up a 3.35 ERA, a 5.5 K/9, and a 1.4 BB/9 in 83.1 innings with Boston before coming over in the Adam LaRoche trade. Following the trade he posted a 3.77 ERA in 43 innings with West Virginia, with a 4.8 K/9, and a 1.3 BB/9.
So far this season he’s put up a 3.1 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9. In his last four starts he hasn’t allowed a walk, spanning 22.2 innings of work. He has eight strikeouts in that span, but has six strikeouts in his last ten innings, which is closer to his 2009 numbers. Hopefully those two outings, plus his jump to Bradenton will be what he needs to snap out of this funk and get back to his 2009 success.
-Another article from Baseball America, this time focusing on Neil Walker. Walker played at second base this afternoon for the ninth time in the last ten games. Maybe he’ll be playing second for the Pirates on Thursday.
-And to round out the Baseball America coverage, Jim Callis of Baseball America tweets that Manny Machado is in the mix at number two for the Pirates in the upcoming draft.