Analysis

First Pitch: More On Closer Values and Roles

First Pitch: More On Closer Values and Roles

After yesterday's first pitch article, I was given the link to this similar article by Tom Verducci on the usage of closers, and the injury rates of pitchers in general. It's a great article, and I recommend you take a moment to read it. My thoughts on the article:

**There seemed to be a theme that injuries to pitchers are inevitable, so teams shouldn't stick to the limitations, such as 100 pitches for starters. I agree with the idea that injuries to pitchers can be inevitable, but I think that's because the arm wasn't made to rotate at the speed it needs to rotate in order to throw 90 MPH. I think there's something to be said for the pitch counts. Look at the Pirates. How many major injuries have their pitching prospects had the last few years? Compare that to ten years ago when every si...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

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.

More in Analysis

Cole Tucker TW 52916

Prospect Notebook: Cole Tucker Shines in His Bradenton Debut

Tim WilliamsMay 29, 2016
Justin Masterson TW 52916

The Pirates Appear to Be Looking at Justin Masterson For Bullpen Help

Tim WilliamsMay 29, 2016
Jason Rogers TW 51716

Jason Rogers Biding Time in Triple-A, Looking For a Promotion

Brian PelozaMay 29, 2016
Stallings helping work out the major league pitchers during BP today before the Spring Training game.

Jacob Stallings Earns the Trust of the Indianapolis Pitching Staff

Brian PelozaMay 28, 2016
Indianapolis Infield Shift

The Pirates Are Now Using Extreme Defensive Shifts in Indianapolis

Tim WilliamsMay 27, 2016
Reese-McGuire-042516

Reese McGuire By The Numbers

Sean McCoolMay 26, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects