Grilli Having an Unexpected Breakout Season

Grilli Having an Unexpected Breakout Season

Grilli has been the eighth inning guy for the Bucs this season.

When the Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-hander Jason Grilli as a free agent on July 21 of last season, the club figured they had nothing to lose. They were near the top of the National League Central and wanted to add a veteran arm into the bullpen, and Grilli was pitching lights out at Triple-A Leigh Vallley (Phillies).

What many didn't expect was to see the veteran have a break out season at 35-years-old.

"That’s why sometimes you throw the statistical analysis out the window," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said.

"I wanted everyone else to take a look at him. I knew what I knew. That he was a grinder. This guy has been a baseball rat all his life. He was a number one pick. He’s been through adversity. He’s dealt ...

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