Positional Breakdowns: Relief Pitcher

The 2009 season wasn’t exactly a good one for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen. Pirates’ relievers combined for a 4.61 ERA, ranking 26th in the majors. Their .259 BAA ranked 23rd in the majors. The bullpen blew 17 saves, which was one of the ten fewest in the majors, but that’s because they only had 45 save opportunities, the third fewest in the majors. Overall, their 62 percent save ratio ranked 24th in the...

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Cutting Belisario was not crazy

An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today focuses on former Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitching prospect, Ronald Belisario, who has had a great deal of success with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. In the article, Belisario mentions how it was crazy that the Pirates let him go. I don’t think the decision to let Belisario go was that crazy. Belisario started his career as an international free agent with the Florida...

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2009 Indianapolis Indians Season Recap

Indianapolis produced two of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ best players in the 2009 season: Andrew McCutchen and Garrett Jones. The first was expected, as Andrew McCutchen has been at, or near the top of the Pirates prospect lists since he was drafted. The second came as a surprise, with Jones signing as a minor league free agent, having never put up numbers like this at AAA, or the majors. The end of the season saw two more top...

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Pirates claim Jonathan Meloan

UPDATE 5:22 PM: Tyler Yates was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for Meloan. The following pages have been updated: -2009 40-man roster/payroll-Future Payroll Commitments-2009 25-man roster – The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right handed reliever Jonathan Meloan off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to the Tampa Tribune. Meloan, who is 6’3″, 225 pounds, was designated for...

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Evan Meek to the DL

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed relief pitcher Evan Meek on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. Steven Jackson has been called up to replace Meek on the 25-man roster. The move hurts the Pirates, as Meek was arguably the best reliever in the bullpen, and one of the best pitchers on the team this year. Jackson was recently sent down to AAA for Jose Ascanio, but was eligible to return due...

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