It may not be right out of Spring Training, but at some point this season I expect Justin Wilson to be firmly entrenched in the Pirates' major league bullpen.
Quick re-cap -- Wilson was a 5th round pick from the 2008 draft. He was a hero as a starter for Fresno State in the College World Series. He has been a starter in college and the vast majority of his time in the Pirates' minor league system.
Wilson has made 73 starts and 10 relief appearances during his 3 years in the system. Wilson is said to possess such movement on his pitches that it works against him leading to high walk totals. The 24-year-old has a career mark of 4.5 BB/9 in the minors.
Near the end of the 2011 season, however, the Pirates moved Wilson into a bullpen role. While in the bullpen, Wilson's fastball jumped up to 97 mph with some other rumored readings of 99 mph.
With Clint Hurdle's oft-stated preference for 2 lefties out of the bullpen, Wilson could pair with Tony Watson to form that tandem. Wilson ...