Comments on: First Pitch: Is the Pitching Staff Set? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:13:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Jeremy Ransom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21553 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 21:37:44 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21553 Shohei Otani? ;)

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21543 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 13:01:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21543 Let’s not get caught up in thinking that Jeff Locke is going to be a Kershaw-clone or another Gio Gonzalez. He has been developed by the Pirates since 2009, and was 3rd in ERA in AAA and 4th in K’s in 2012. With the Pirates he had a 5.50 ERA, but 34K/11W in 34 IP and a .267 Average Against. Some LHSP’s from 2012 – Bruce Chen, 5.07 ERA, Jon Lester 4.82 ERA, Derek Holland 4.67 ERA and Rickey Romero 5.77 ERA. All are experienced veterans, and in Derek Holland’s 1st year he was 8-13, 6.12 ERA. We are looking for a No. 5 SP. Remember Paul Maholm? After 3 years in the league, he gave us a 23-38 record and a 4.43 ERA from 2009 thru 2011. Locke’s 6 starts all came during the floundering days of August and September. His K/W Ratio of 3/1, his ability to hold runners, throw ground balls, pitch inside, and 3 near + pitches (Fastball, Curve, Change) are all reasons we need to see him in the Rotation learning from Wandy Rodriguez and AJ Burnett in 2013. It is all a learning process.

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By: Bryan Graham http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21541 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 05:50:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21541 Do you really think he can hit .220?

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By: RandyLinville http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21540 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 03:10:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21540 Are you trying to make me sad? It is working. I think you are 100% right. I can’t come up with anyone off the top of my head who is better than Correia since Bibby was signed. If it wasn’t so sad, this would be funny.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21539 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:58:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21539 It’s far too early to judge! Just wait until all that ‘mental conditioning’ training takes hold, they will be world beaters! Until they are traded for Robinson Diaz.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?query_type=year_round&year_ID=2009&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg

Angels sure didn’t do too bad with their compensation pick for losing Teixeira, did they? Or maybe Mr. Alcorn forgot Mike Trout. In the worshiped WAR stat, he beats out Strasburg handily. Mike Minor, Mike Leake and Drew Storen would all fit quite handily on the Pirates. Of course, when Sanchez gets here and hits .220, we’ll be praising him because he is better than Barajas.

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By: John Lease http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21538 Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:51:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21538 Kevin Correia has been the Pirates biggest ‘win’ for a FA pitcher in a long, long time. Starting pitcher certainly, probably since Jim Bibby.

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By: keithconto http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21537 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:25:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21537 You kinda contradicted yourself there. Every potential starting pitcher has a question mark. Some bigger than others. You said it yourself, when they pitch well they win. I;d rather see them do everything they can to put the best staff they can out there. I don’t think Karstens and Morton will be part of it. And while McPherson showed something, Locke didn’t. Or I should say that Locke showed nothing different than alot of back of the rotation starters they’ve tried over the years. J Mac seems to have a fragile confidence ala Snell or Wells.
If you want to be a winner you can’t keep relying on so many “if’s” amd “maybe” s.

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By: ElGaupo77 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21535 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 23:01:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21535 I like Hochever coming to the NL. He could go from mid-4.00 ERA with a DH in a tougher division/league to a high 3.00 ERA in the NL.

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By: piratemike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21534 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:44:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21534 Stuff you’re idiotic Smizic remarks.

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By: piratemike http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/first-pitch-is-the-pitching-staff-set.html#comment-21533 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 22:36:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43331#comment-21533 I guess that I wrongly assumed that the Pirates had a large group of scouts scouring the baseball fields of the U.S. looking for talent, instead they sit on their asses and read BA to find out who to draft.
Why do the Pirates even have a scouting and development dept.?

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