Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out of the bullpen in High A Bradenton, posting a 2.49 ERA with a 41/9 k/bb rate in 50.2 innings pitched. This success caused the Pirates to aggressively move him up to Double-A Altoona.
Harlan’s role changed in Altoona where he made 10 starts. As a starter, Harlan was able to hold his own. In 60.2 innings pitched, he had a 3.71 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP, although he was only able to strike out 26 batters while walking 17.
It’s been a challenging adjustment period for Harlan. Not ...
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