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The Non-Negotiables the Pirates Have For Their Major League Pitchers

The Non-Negotiables the Pirates Have For Their Major League Pitchers

On Wednesday, I wrote about how we might need to change the way we currently value pitchers. Despite all of the focus on the impacts of park factors, defense, defensive shifts, and pitch framing, the general outlook on pitchers is that the skill comes first, and the outside factors are just complementary additions or subtractions that don't make a substantial difference.

In the article linked above, I pointed out how A.J. Burnett went from a hitter's park with a poor defense where he struggled, to a pitcher's park with a great defense where he had success. He's now going back to a hitter's park with a bad defense, and I wouldn't be surprised if he struggles once again, if only because his heavy ground ball approach could be disastrous with the Phillies defense behind him. On the flip side, the Pirates have brought a lot of guys in the last few years who have found success thanks to a combination of PNC Park, a heavy ground ball approach, strong infield defense, and more recently the...

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