Analysis

How Tony Watson Went From a Non-Prospect in Double-A to an All-Star Reliever

How Tony Watson Went From a Non-Prospect in Double-A to an All-Star Reliever

After putting up some of the best numbers of any reliever in baseball this season, Tony Watson was named to the National League All-Star team. The accomplishment is special for any player, and rare for middle relievers. In Watson's case, it's extremely surprising when you consider that just a few years ago he looked like a prospect who would top out at the Double-A level.

Watson was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2008, after putting up a 3.56 ERA in 151.2 innings as a starter with Lynchburg, in what was a very thin system at the time. He moved up to Altoona the following year, but an injury limited him to just five starts.

The progression to the bullpen began in 2010. The Pirates had a strong rotation in Altoona that season, which moved Watson to a long-relief role. In...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.

More in Analysis

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Ivan Nova Discusses His Desire to Stay With the Pirates After Final 2016 Start

Alan SaundersSeptember 30, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Notes: Adam Frazier Still Looking to Learn

Alan SaundersSeptember 29, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Alen Hanson Is Adjusting to Limited Time in September

Ed GilesSeptember 29, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jameson Taillon Has a Strong Finish to His 2016 Season in Pirates’ Win

Alan SaundersSeptember 29, 2016
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Clint Hurdle Makes Playing Time Adjustments With the Pirates Eliminated

Alan SaundersSeptember 28, 2016
taylor-hearn-3-wm-92716

Instructs Report: Taylor Hearn Makes an Adjustment to His Mechanics

Tim WilliamsSeptember 28, 2016

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 © 2016 Pirates Prospects