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. 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. 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)

How J.A. Happ Became the Pirates Best Second Half Pitcher

Tim WilliamsSeptember 5, 2015
KuhlBrault

Steven Brault and Chad Kuhl Carry Curve Down the Stretch

Sean McCoolSeptember 2, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Fourth Inning Haunts Morton As Rockies Shutout Pirates 5-0

Pete EllisAugust 30, 2015
Photo credit: Sean McCool

Tyler Glasnow Not in the Mix For a September Call-Up

Sean McCoolAugust 30, 2015
(Photo credit: David Hague)

Pirates Trying to Manage the Workloads For Their Big Three Relievers

Tim WilliamsAugust 30, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Happ Stays Hot in Pirates’ 4-3 Victory over Rockies

Pete EllisAugust 30, 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