Comments on: Winter Leagues Recap: Marte and Polanco Both Play Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:41:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Dreker Sun, 25 Nov 2012 17:01:03 +0000 I understand that Jovany Lopez isn’t the biggest prospect, he is a longshot at best, but the Pirates have four years of VSL/DSL training invested in him, plus an Instructional League invite this year. You would think they would say something about their 21 year old pitcher being used strictly as a LOOGY. He threw one pitch yesterday, four the previous game, three pitches on Nov 14th, one the day before. In between there was a five pitch game. He at least had 13 pitches total in the first two games of this streak, but you’re still talking about a young kid throwing a total of 27 pitches over the span of a month.

Doesn’t seem like a good thing for his career. You know he won’t be used that way next year whatever level he pitches at. As far as I know, you don’t start developing lefty specialists at the lowest levels, guys just eventually become that player once they’re good enough to make the majors. End rant.