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First Pitch: Breaking Down The Musical Chair of Relievers

First Pitch: Breaking Down The Musical Chair of Relievers

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a busy day of moves. None of the moves were major, but a set of three moves led to the Pirates playing musical chairs with relief pitchers, and ending up with a first round compensation pick in the process.

First, the Pirates traded Bryan Morris to the Marlins, receiving the 39th pick in next week's draft. Then they called up Casey Sadler to replace Morris on the roster. To cap it off, they claimed Wirfin Obispo from the Atlanta Braves.

I like the stuff that Morris has. He's got the stuff to be a late inning reliever. However, for some reason his numbers have never matched the stuff. This year he had a 3.80 ERA in 23.2 innings. His advanced metrics were worse, with a 4.48 xFIP. Morris learned a two-seamer during the off-season, which led to a 67.1% ground ball ratio. His strikeouts have always been low, with a 5.3 K/9 this year, and his walks have been too high, with a 4.6 BB/9 in 2014.

Morris showed better stuff this year, with a fastball that avera...

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