Comments on: First Pitch: Time to Start Looking at the Bullpen Depth http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-time-to-start-looking-at-the-bullpen-depth.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 21 May 2014 23:16:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: benny113 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-time-to-start-looking-at-the-bullpen-depth.html#comment-26643 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 03:30:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51459#comment-26643 Jeff locke is amazing he just needs to be molded he has played so long at the minor league level and the amount of time he spent at triple a he was dominate the best prospect pitching wise the pirates have

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-time-to-start-looking-at-the-bullpen-depth.html#comment-26622 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:09:03 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51459#comment-26622 jg: The loss of command by Hughes this year is obvious to the eye and also in the stats. His WHIP in 2012 was 1.15/in 2013 1.61, and his GO/AO in 2012 was 2.70/in 2013 1.57 which means his ball is not sinking as it did last year, when he was inducing a lot of ground ball outs. Mentioned above is Kyle Waldrop, I think a HS teammate of Michael McKenry. Right now at AAA he is 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 14K/2W, 2.67 GO/AO, and a .175 Average Against. I like Hughes, but right now he is off his game, and coming in at the most pressure-filled moments is not conducive to being able to work at it “on the job”.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-time-to-start-looking-at-the-bullpen-depth.html#comment-26616 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:34:52 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51459#comment-26616 Contreras is coming, count on it whether the bullpen is worn out or not, someone is going back to the minors.
As far as the options the Pirates have, it is good to have many, both in starting and bullpen, most teams in baseball would like to have as many options. IMO, because they do have as many options as they have, I don’t think they are going to wait around for players to completely crash before they make changes.
Pitchers like Locke and Sanchez are not pitching that bad and both are improving each game, maybe not at the rate that the Pirates or Pirate fans want, but they are not regressing and both of them are throwing well.
Early season stats are not what the Pirates are looking at with these two pitchers.
The option situation could dictate who comes and goes, I don’t know if Contreras is on the 40 man. I do believe that if they make a move with Sanchez other than the 25 man they probably will have to release him. Right now he is pretty well stretched out and it looks like his arm strength is built up. His next start should be interesting.

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By: Marco Rincones http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-time-to-start-looking-at-the-bullpen-depth.html#comment-26615 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 14:20:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51459#comment-26615 Jose Contreras has always seemed to have a miraculous arm. It would be wonderful if we still believe this to be true late this season after he has helped the Buccos bullpen to become one of, if not, the best in the NL. With Karstens, Morton and Liriano possibly coming to the aid starting staff – if even one of them can be effective and remain healthy for much of the season – well, we might just keep winning close, low-scoring ball games. And, if our offense could continue to improve….Well, it does give a man hope doesn’t it!

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/04/first-pitch-time-to-start-looking-at-the-bullpen-depth.html#comment-26614 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:27:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=51459#comment-26614 The issue with Hugfhes isn’t just his bad numbers – if you’ve been watching him each game, it’s become obvious that he has become an ineffective pitcher, either way off th eplate or right-down-the-middle (or so it has seemed)

I think a well-timed wake-up call is needed there (given that he has all of his options remaining), and perhaps a call-up of Morris or Welker is warranted (and then see where everyone is once Contreras is ready to go.)

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