The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated pitcher Tony Watson from the paternity list and pitcher Kyle Lobstein has been optioned to Indianapolis. Watson was out for three days on paternity leave and Lobstein was used once during that time. He pitched on Thursday against Arizona, allowing a single and a walk, while facing two batters. So far this season, Watson has a 2.18 ERA, with 17 strikeouts, a .159 BAA and an 0.97 WHIP in 20.2 innings over 20 appearances.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
NICASIO will be joining Watson shortly in the BP after tonight’s performance! I believe its set in stone now no matter what Neise and Locke do in their next couple starts.
Congratulations to him and his family,
but it was a nice to give Watson’s arm
a little rest this time of season.
Welcome back, we missed you.