Comments on: Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bullpen http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:29:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: NorCal Buc http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24819 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:56:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24819 Grilli is the only veteran (>30 yrs) presence in the pen. Previous seasons there were other vets like Carrasco and Lopez, along with Dotel.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24799 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:17:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24799 I don’t think he separates himself from the other guys on the list, or the guys on the 40-man roster. Seems like a depth option.

I saw him once last year in Spring Training.

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By: Patrickj1783 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24798 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:45:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24798 Mr. Williams,
Any thoughts on Kyle Waldrop? His secondary numbers in the minors and the majors are not especially pretty, but Minnesota thought enough of him to call him up the last two years and his ERA was 2.53 in 21.1 innings this past year, although one wouldn’t necessarily expect a repeat given his secondary numbers. Have you seen him pitch?
Thanks,
Patrick

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By: hunter http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24795 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:25:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24795 Should add “to start the year.” Definitely could see him in the pen if Liriano comes back healthy, Cole is looking good in AAA, and Morton’s rehab is going smooth.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24794 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:07:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24794 Grilli – Closer/8th
Melancon – Closer/8th/7th
Hughes – 7th/8th
Morris – 6th/7th
Leroux – long or spot start
Watson – LH specialty
Wilson – LH long

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By: Stephen Brooks http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24793 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:30:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24793 I would love to see Sanchez return to form in the Spring and force the Pirates’ hand. In that (happy) scenario, start the year with Sanchez at the #4, move Karstens to long relief, slot the winner of the McPherson/Lock bake-off at #5 and fill the back-end of the pen with Morris and Leroux.

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By: hunter http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24792 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:30:30 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24792 With Wilson going to the pen, Liriano already hurt and Karstens obviously pretty fragile I seriously doubt they risk not having Locke fully stretched out. I don’t see any scenario that puts Locke in the bullpen as he’s much more valuable as a starter.

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By: hunter http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24791 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:27:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24791 Bill Brink had a note that Wilson is indeed headed to the pen which if it is happening this early I would think increases his chances of making the team.

Also saw Rob Biertempfel made a comment that he heard Locke is the early favorite for the 5th spot. Makes sense considering his experience in AAA compared to McPherson.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/spring-training-2013-position-battles-the-bullpen.html#comment-24789 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 19:08:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=46840#comment-24789 IMO, Locke will make the Pirate bullpen and McPherson makes the club as a starter until Liriano gets healthy. Both pitchers pitched out of the bullpen in the majors last year, I don’t see them going back unless it comes down to a numbers game. I believe Huntington does not care if he has 2 lefties in the pen at the major league level, but I think Hurdle does, there is no way that I keep Leroux over Locke in the pen.

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