First Pitch: A Great Day of Starting Pitching

A.J. Burnett led a day of strong starting pitching across the entire organization. Photo Credit: David Hague.

A.J. Burnett led a day of strong starting pitching across the entire organization. Photo Credit: David Hague.

Wednesday was probably the best day of system-wide starting pitching you could ask for.

First there was A.J. Burnett, who led the pitching staff in throwing a one-hitter. Not just a one-hitter, but a one-hitter against the best team in the division. James Santelli did a great job breaking down the start in this article.

Then there were the starters in the minors, who combined for 24.2 shutout innings. Those starters included top prospect Jameson Taillon, who threw seven shutout innings with six strikeouts. John Eshleman was at the game and has a report on the outing.

Nick Kingham, another top pitching prospect, also had a great outing. Kingham threw six shutout innings with two hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts.

John Kuchno is an interesting arm, and probably profiles more as a power reliever down the line. But he added five shutout innings this time around. Kyle Waldrop threw 6.2 shutout innings in a spot start for Indianapolis, extended his shutout streak to ten innings to start the year. Waldrop is an extreme ground ball pitcher, and could be a depth option for the Pirates at some point this year.

Casey Sadler threw yesterday in a game that was suspended and finished today. The day becomes even more impressive if you include his one run in seven innings.

Having the ace of your major league staff leading the team to a one-hitter is great. Having your second best pitching prospect and a potential top of the rotation starter throw seven shutout is also great. You always want to see a breakout candidate like Nick Kingham putting up strong results. And it’s good to see a prospect with a promising arm and a potential depth option for the 2013 season both have good outings. But to have all of that on the same day? That’s a day of pitching that you don’t see often.

Links and Notes

**The 2013 Prospect Guide and the 2013 Annual are both available on the products page of the site. If you order them together, you’ll save $5.

Prospects

**Prospect Watch: 24.2 Shutout Innings From Taillon, Kingham, Kuchno, and Waldrop.

**One day, two wins: Taillon, Lambo lead Curve to snap four-game skid.

**Minor League Schedule: 4/18/13.

**Prospect Notebook: Zack Von Rosenberg Switches to a Two-Seam Fastball.

Pirates

**Chris Leroux Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency.

**Pirates Pregame: Rodriguez Will Start Friday Against Braves.

**A.J. Burnett: Anatomy of a One-Hitter.

**Pirates Notebook: Top of the Lineup Heating Up.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • chemonurse

    It was a good day to be a Pittsburgh sports fan in general. Let down of the day was Presley over sliding 2nd base. Stetson should move up in another month if he keeps up his numbers, although I have not heard much on his defense.

  • emjayinTN

    Tim: Waldop looked VG for the Twins and then dropped out of sight. He may have turned the corner given a second chance with the Pirates. If I am not mistaken, he and Michael McKenry played on the same Farragut HS team here in West Knoxville. The other perrenially excellent HS program in Knoxville is Bearden where Brett Carroll (AAA) played his Baseball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.rhodes.1690 Kevin Rhodes

    I noticed that Taillon threw 102 pitches. Do you think this is a little early for that many?