Comments on: Pirates Prospects 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 02:41:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: NastyNate82 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22223 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 01:20:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22223 Frankly, I wouldn’t mind seeing them turn Locke or McPherson into a long relief/higher leverage type of reliever, similar to how the Giants used Lincecum, and how the Bucs used Lincoln in a few outings prior to him getting traded.

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By: DXR2 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22214 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 15:31:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22214 I would have went with Heredia. A solid ERA and just 18 years old.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22213 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 03:41:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22213 I don’t factor in guys who have lost their prospect eligibility. VanenHurk had a great season, but it was his sixth year in Triple-A, and Locke’s numbers were better at the same level. So even if he did qualify, he wouldn’t have won.

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By: beatembuccos21 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22212 Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:25:56 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22212 ‘This is all about the numbers’

Somewhere Rick Vanden Hurk silently weeps because he wasn’t even mentioned.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22211 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 21:33:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22211 We saw Locke as a 2011 fill-in with very little experience in AAA because many of the pitchers of the Pirates and in AAA had tired arms. Then last year we saw him after pitching almost 150 innings at AAA and posting excellent numbers. I would definitely like to see this kid without a tired arm, right out of ST, and see what he has. I think that Kyle McPherson could use at least a half of a year at AAA. In addition to Locke, I want to see Justin Wilson and Bryan Morris both in the Pirates bullpen in 2013.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22210 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:45:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22210 That was a great thing to see out of Heredia. At the same time he was pitching in one of the lowest levels of the minors, in a very pitcher friendly league, and if you look at his strikeout numbers, he didn’t exactly dominate hitters. He had a great season for an 18 year old in a college level league, but I don’t think his season compares to the season Locke put up at the highest levels of the minors.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22209 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:42:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22209 This is all about the numbers, and not about how the prospect rates. It’s difficult to separate the two sometimes. For example, you could argue that Phil Irwin had just as good of a season as Gerrit Cole. But I think most people would pick Cole over Irwin, simply because Cole is the better prospect. But if you’re just picking based on numbers this year, they’re both equal.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22208 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:40:22 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22208 I wouldn’t mind both of those guys starting in the rotation from day one. The problem I see is that you need more than five starters. You’ll have Gerrit Cole coming up by mid-season, but what happens if you have an injury before then? The Pirates would need some additional options. They won’t find any good options who will wait behind Locke and McPherson. Therefore, it might be best to hold one of those two back as a reserve, and try to add a better starter over the off-season.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22207 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:34:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22207 Given your criteria, I think I agree with this pick. The simple fact is, he had a great season at a high level. What I think people take exception to is that this is by no means a sexy pick. Locke isn’t one of the highest upside guys the Pirates have; he isn’t a Heredia or a Taillon or a Cole. What’s really great is that there were actually some decisions to be made in regards to the respective players of the year. I think that’s a good sign for the organization.

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By: Jeremy Ransom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pirates-prospects-2012-minor-league-pitcher-of-the-year.html#comment-22205 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:01:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44173#comment-22205 Sorry, but I gotta disagree on this. To me, Luis Heredia is the clear winner. Sure he’s in a lower level, but he’s also only 18 years old, and dominated college age hitters for the majority of his innings. Don’t forget how much crap people gave the organization for “throwing him to the wolves at such a young age!”

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