Comments on: Reds’ Cueto Pitches Complete Game as Bucs Fall, 6-1 Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:40:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kevin_Creagh Sat, 05 May 2012 15:12:00 +0000 I’m not sure if it’s the new windup, but his FB velocity is down 1.5 mph from last year. 

Cueto strikes me as a guy who will be crafty and adapt to have a pretty decently long career.

By: white angus Sat, 05 May 2012 12:15:00 +0000 do you believe Cueto’s new windup to be a future issue for him or can he sustain his success?  if any of his mechanics get out of whack, his numbers would almost certainly rise.

By: Kevin_Creagh Sat, 05 May 2012 10:41:00 +0000 When I saw that Cueto was pitching on Friday night, I marked it down as a loss.  He leases, with an option to buy, the Pirates during his career.

Cueto v. Pirates in his career (before last night): 10-3, 2.70 ERA, 90 IP, 71 H, 29 BB, 91 K
Those numbers will only get better as a result of last night.

Cueto is one of those pitchers I would love to have on my team.  I followed his thru the Reds’ minor league system with envy.  The key for Cueto was learning the changeup grip from Mario Soto while in the minors, he has said.

Interesting item about Cueto — In his first 4 full seasons (2008-2011), his ERA, H/9, BB/9, and HR/9 have all dropped each consecutive year.  Strangely, though, so has his K/9 from 8.2/9 his rookie year to 6.0/9 last year.  He’s become a pitcher instead of a thrower.