When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Justin Wilson to the bullpen, it was a lot like the Bryan Morris move to the bullpen. Wilson's career as a starter wasn't totally shut down, he was just moving to the bullpen to work on his command issues, which have led to a 4.58 BB/9 ratio this year. So far, Wilson has been completely dominant out of the bullpen, raising the question as to whether that should be his full time role.
In Wilson's first outing since being moved to the bullpen he was hitting 97 MPH with his fastball in a two inning outing. In his outing last night he hit 99 MPH four times in a perfect inning. A left hander who can hit 97-99 MPH on several occasions out of the bullpen is very rare, and is especially valuable for the Pirates, who need left handed relievers in the majors. It's been a small sample size, but Wilson hasn't seen the control problems out of the bullpen that he saw in the rotation.
There's probably a good reason for that last part. A lot of Wilson's co...
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