Comments on: Pirates Release Six Minor League Pitchers http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:56:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: snofool http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25633 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:30:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25633 Lee, at the age of a couple of these guys giving how they have preformed it makes no sence. Unless you have spent your prospect budget unwisely, when you consider how pitcher poor this organization has been and how they’re big money arms have performed, it would make sense to keep a couple of these younger guys around for another year or 2

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25632 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:14:09 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25632 what part of ‘his stuff won’t play well at higher levels’ did you not understand?
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Some guys always think its about the money!
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Sheesh!

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By: snofool http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25630 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 16:39:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25630 with one of these guys going 5-0 last year between WV and brain. with 45 innings and pitching as well as any of the others out of the pen, tells me theres somthing more going on here, as always follow the money!!!!!

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25626 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:42:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25626 Not many usually do from the lower levels. It’s tough to latch on with someone else when another team is willing to give up on you at such an early stage of your career. The Pirates don’t pick up other team’s released players too often either, and if they do, they are usually backup catchers or bullpen arms.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25619 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:18:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25619 I wonder how many of these guys will get picked up?

I haven’t seen too many of our cuts find homes elsewhere.

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25615 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:45:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25615 I think part of the surprising thing with Cooper is that they drafted him twice, a couple years apart. So he was someone that they liked for awhile, but they gave up on him quick. He is a very streaky pitcher, can be real bad or real good. He was injured the second half of last year, so there was also probably some rust involved with his Spring performance. Poytress also looked real good last year at times, then got hurt

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By: WTM http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25609 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:24:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25609 I suspect these decisions are based partly on things we’re not privy to, like how well a guy is taking coaching.

Cooper was going nowhere. He pitched yesterday and his command was as bad as ever. It’s not like he has great stuff, so there’s probably a limit to how long they wanted to keep trying to get improvement on the same things.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25606 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:20:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25606 I’m with you on how fast some of those were released.

I guess we’re down to just one Kilcrease?

:)

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-release-six-minor-league-pitchers.html#comment-25604 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:04:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48616#comment-25604 The Pirates have really cleaned out the minor league pitching cupboard recently, six today and six last week. This list is a little more surprising. I figured Cooper, Pevny and Poytress were certain to make teams, due to some combo of age/talent/bonus.
Kilcrease was outstanding last year, plus he is a very hard worker, so I also figured he would be around. Jefferson is only a little surprising, because he is a lefty, with okay results, who has been around less than two years.
When I saw how many pitchers the Pirates had going into camp, I figured some good ones were going to get left back at AA that could move up if they decided to keep them all. I didn’t think the trickle down would result in so many lower level minor league pitchers being cut, with a handful of surprising ones.
I’m not saying they were future major leaguers for sure, just surprised how quick they gave up on them. Three of them are from the first 23 rounds of the 2011 draft

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