Comments on: Rounds 26-30: Pirates Take A Potential Late Inning Reliever Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:52:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Steve Stempfer Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:58:00 +0000 I’ve been fortunate enough to see a number of these Pirates
draft picks play in college over the last few seasons… Jimmy Rider is very much a David Eckstein
type player. He has no stand out tools
but gets the most of what ability he has.
One area of the college game where you see the biggest drop off from the
pro game is at SS. Most of the players
you see there (Rider included) really don’t have the ability to make the long
throws from deep in the hole and a lot really lack the range. Moving to 2nd should help Rider a
great deal. Will he be a major
leaguer? Most likely not but if he
continues to play as a pro with the heart he showed in college, he should be a
solid organizational player.

Chase McDowell is another interesting player…. He has an electric arm and is still really
learning how to pitch. The one thing
about him that is often over looked is his athletic ability. When he isn’t pitching, he was often used as
a DH for Rice. With a deep and talented
pitching staff coming back for Rice next year, it might be hard for him to find
innings. An interesting thought is him
potentially being a closer for them since he has such a live arm. He will be a good player to keep an eye on
next season; I look forward to seeing him pitch again.

By: Matt Beam Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:37:00 +0000 Rider is a Pittsburgh guy too, Peters Township I believe

By: Lee Young Wed, 06 Jun 2012 20:21:00 +0000 I dunno…I think Jimmy Rider is a heckuva name. Sounds like a movie hero.

We got two Jakes and no Zac(h)(k)s? What’s up with that?