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What Can the Pirates Learn From Nathan Adcock?

What Can the Pirates Learn From Nathan Adcock?

Adcock currently has a 2.03 ERA in 13.1 innings for the Royals.

Yesterday I started working on an article talking about how I'm still not sold that Nathan Adcock is completely lost.  As you may know, a player isn't officially lost in the Rule 5 draft until he has spent an entire season on a major league 25-man roster.  From the time Adcock was selected back in December, it seemed like a long shot that the Kansas City Royals would be able to keep him.  Prior to this year, he has yet to pitch an inning above high-A ball, so the jump to a full season in the majors would be extreme.

Adcock made the team out of Spring Training, which wasn't noteworthy, since a lot of small market teams like the Royals and Pirates hold on to their Rule 5 picks in to the season.  At the time I mentioned that I wasn't concerned, but might be if May rolled around and Adcock was still on the active roster.  It's now May, and not only is Adcock still in the majors, but he's got a 2.03 ERA in 13.1 innings, w...

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