Analysis

Jason Grilli Removed From Closer Role

Jason Grilli Removed From Closer Role

The Pittsburgh Pirates have removed Jason Grilli from the closer's role, Clint Hurdle announced to the media this afternoon. Grilli will be replaced by Mark Melancon. Jenn Menendez says that Grilli will get work when the team is behind.

https://twitter.com/JennMenendez/status/480046069930139648

Yesterday, Max Fogle detailed the struggles from Grilli this year. Last night I wrote that the Pirates needed to switch to Melancon. This is a move that makes sense in the short-term and long-term. Grilli was struggling, while Melancon has been pitching well and looks to be the better option right now. You don't want to release Grilli based on a small sample size of innings, but you don't want him pitching important innings while he's trying to get things figured out. Having him pitching when the team is behind is a good situation for him. It gives him low pressure innings, and allows the Pirates to use their better relievers when they're ahead....

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below.

Analysis
@http://twitter.com/timwilliamsp2

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.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Struggles Against Left-Handers Continue

Nate BarnesJune 29, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Potential is There for Jose Osuna

Sean McCoolJune 29, 2015
Jaff Decker 2

Why Gorkys and Lombardozzi Over Decker and a Taillon Update

Tim WilliamsJune 28, 2015
(Photo by: David Hague)

Andrew McCutchen Hit Again: ‘I’m Not the Only One Ticked Off’

Nate BarnesJune 27, 2015
John Sever

Two Top West Virginia Power Pitchers Switching Roles

Pete EllisJune 27, 2015
Jordy Mercer

Jordy Mercer’s Bat Turning Around in June

Nate BarnesJune 27, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects