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 Post subject: Pirates Top 10 Pitching Prospects
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The Pirates have considerable future pitching depth, given the legitimate, quality young arms in their system. The belief that TINSTAAPP can be overcome with volume. 6 legitimate prospects mean, in my view, that the team definitely has APP. The Pirates top pitching prospects include the following (almost all of whom share three traits) - big, right-handed, hard-throwing.

Jameson Taillon 6'6", 225 lbs., Right-Handed

Pirates' best pitching prospect. Solid delivery, good balance landing, works on a downhill plane. Delivery is repeatable and does not rely upon unusual shoulder torque to generate velocity. (I suspect that is why the Pirates prefer very tall pitchers - less reliant on rotation to generate plus velocity.)

Features a fastball that scouts grade as a 6 or 7 (out of 8), that sits at 94-95 mph and regularly hits 97 mph in the 5th and 6th innings. Also has a hammer curve that will be a plus pitch in the major leagues. Change-up is still a work in progress. Solid control - good not great at this point. Worked his way up to AA at age 21 last season, and fanned 37 in 37 IP in AA, allowing just 31 H's and 1 HR.

Ground-ball heavy in high-A (1.38 ratio), but became fly-ball heavy in AA. Still, career minor league numbers show more ground balls than fly balls. Put that together with high K rate, youth, and two plus pitches, and it becomes clear why he is so highly rated.

Nick Kingham 6'5", 220 lbs., R-handed

Probably Pirates' second best pitching prospect. One of the many tall, right-handed, high-school arms selected under Huntington over the past 5 drafts. Also has a solid delivery, 3/4 arm angle, uses height to work on a downhill plane.

Features a fastball that sits at 94-95 mph and was clocked as high as 98 mph last year. Also has a very good slider that will be a plus pitch in the major leagues, and a solid curve. As seems to be the case with every young Pirates power arm in the minors, change-up is still a work in progress. Very good control, and a definite plus part of his game. Flashed into the discussion of top SP prospects in 2012 when he had a dominant second half. Already in AA at age 21 last season, and on the season threw 142 IP, gave up just 125 H's, 44 BB, 143 K's, and just 7 HR's. ERA combined in high-A and AA was 2.89, including 2.70 at AA. FIP of 2.85 last year - that is legit.

Slight fly-ball pitcher with a ratio of 0.93. Kingham's good mechanics, delivery, velocity, plus slider, control, solid K rate, and low HR rate make him seem like a No. 3 SP'er at worst, perhaps as good as a solid No. 2.

Tyler Glasnow 6'7", 210 lbs., R-handed

Stop me if you've heard this before ... big right-handed power arm. Another projectable high-school arm selected by Huntington, and Glasnow had a breakout year in 2013.

Still very thin for such a big kid, and as often happens with pitchers this tall, delivery can become "loose." Sometimes overstrides, leading to a more upright delivery and balls left up in the zone. Control is his only weakness at this point ... but rumor is that this "control" thing is pretty important.

Features a fastball that regularly hits 97-98 mph. The year prior, Glasnow was dealing at 92 mph, sometimes hitting 95 mph. That is why Huntington obsesses over these "projectable" arms - those kids can wind up dealing in the upper 90's. Curve is also a plus pitch now, and Glasnow made significant improvement in this pitch between 2012 and 2013.

Just 19 years old at the start of the 2013 season, turned 20 late in the year. Pitched at mid-A ball, among mostly older players, and simply dominated. Threw 111 innings, gave up a microscopic 54 H's, .142 BA against, 9 HR's, 61 BB's, and 164 K's.

One barometer in terms of evaluating young pitchers that I have, is comparing H's allowed to K's. Pitchers who log more K's than hits allowed project well. Glasnow's 3-1 ratio of K's/H allowed is the highest I have ever seen for a SP'er who logged more than 100 IP.

Oh, and Glasnow gives up more ground balls than fly balls. Potential No. 3 or possibly No. 2 SP'er, depending on control.

Luis Heredia 6'6", 240 lbs., R-handed

It is so easy to get overly optimistic about a player based upon small sample size, particularly a more experienced player competing against kids. The inverse holds true for a very young player competing against much older competition.

Which brings me to the Buccos 4th best pitching prospect ... no, this is not a re-run. A big, young, projectable, hard-throwing right-hander. Heredia showed up last spring very heavy, having gained the type of weight that none of us wants or needs. I suspect that adversely affected his year since he was always a kid with an incredibly good delivery, but had to learn to pitch with far greater body mass. Anybody who doubts that adding 25 lbs. changes a pitcher's center of balance and delivery should try throwing pitches, and then put on a 25-lb. weight belt and begin dealing.

In any event, Heredia began the year in mid-A ball at just 18 years old. He turned 19 in August and will start 2014 in High-A, I suspect, at that age.

"So what?", you ask. Kingham and Glasnow, I respond. Big young power righties develop between 19 and 21 years of age.

Last year say Heredia dealing in the upper 80's and low 90's. He generally sat at 90-91 mph, and could notch it up to 94-95 mph on occasion. He has a plus change-up and a good curve. The knock on Heredia at this point is that he has no "dominant" pitch. But if he adds velocity and becomes a kid dealing at 94-95 mph, then his fastball is his go-to pitch and the change and curve become deadly.

He pitched 65 IP last year, giving up just 52 H's, just 5 HR's, 37 BB's and 55 K's. Any 18-year old who can deal against hitters 2 or 3 years older, and hold them to a .224 BA and a meager 5 HR's in 65 IP, is a legitimate prospect.

However, 2014 is a big year for Heredia in terms of his prospect status. High-A is a definite talent upgrade, and he will turn 20 towards the end of the season. I am looking for him to be in better shape and increase his velocity to the mid-90's. If/when he does that, his tall frame, his fastball, his plus-change, and his very good mechanics portend well. He seems to be a potential No. 4 at this point - don't dismiss those pitchers, by the way. Look how much the market demands to obtain a No. 4 in trade (guys like Bud Norris, Matt Garza, Scott Feldman, Ricky Nolasco).

Stolmy Pimentel 6'3", 230 lbs., R-handed

Big, hard-throwing righty with a devastating slider. Can reach 97 mph as a starter, and did so with Indianapolis last season. 23 years old right now, will be 24 at the start of the 2014 season.

However, reports from his work in the minors indicated that he was better when dealing at 92-93 mph and moving the ball down in the zone. His combination of a power fastball and plus slider make him at worst a solid bullpen arm, and potentially an end-of-the-rotation starter.

Last year in the minors, he posted 169 IP, giving up 150 H's, 56 BB, 123 K's, with 14 HR's allowed. He has, in the past, struggled with control, but if he keeps his BB rate below 3 per 9 IP, his stuff and solid secondary pitch make him a valuable pitcher.

Clay Holmes 6'5", 230 lbs., R-handed

Another projectable high-school arm, selected by Huntington in the 9th round in 2011. He is just 20 years old, but will turn 21 by the start of the 2014 season. Some remarks about Holmes focus on his low K rate so far, and suggest that he deals in the low 90's. Two points.

First, Holmes deals at 91-95 mph, deep into games.

http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/08 ... -year.html

The idea that he is a soft-tosser is a myth.

Second, his K rate was very low in 2012 and low the first half of 2013, but post-All Star, Holmes logged 59 IP, giving up just 49 H's, 29 BB's, and 50 K's, 3.20 ERA, with a miniscule 2 HR's allowed (both in the same game). Further, in his last 9 starts, Holmes logged 42 IP, 34 H's allowed, 18 BB, 41 K's, just 2 HR's allowed, and an opposing BA of just .215.

Therefore, Holmes is a big, hard-throwing right-hander who does not give up HR's and whose K rate is becoming solid.

Last year, Holmes finished with 119 IP, 106 H's allowed, 69 BB, 90 K's, a 4.08 ERA (but just 2.70 his last 10 starts), and 7 HR's allowed. His GB/FB ratio was a superb 1.85.

One legitimate concern with Holmes is his "max effort" delivery. He stands on the 3rd base side of the rubber and cross-fires, akin to Jerred Weaver. He hides the ball well, but that kind of delivery does put significant stress on the shoulder and can lead to changes and flaws from pitch-to-pitch.

Joely Rodriguez 6'1", 200 lbs., Left-handed

Yeah, a lefty!! Debated whom to rank No.6 since I think the first 5 are pretty certain. I go with Rodriguez for a number of reasons.

First, he reached high-A last year at age 21. Second, he is a lefty. Third, he pitched 140 IP, gave up just 39 BB and 8 HR's while fanning 101.

He is an extreme ground-ball pitcher with a more than 2-1 ratio, GB to FB. He also has plus velocity for a control, GB lefty and regularly sits at 89-92 but can reach 93 and even 94 mph at times. His secondary out-pitch is his 83 mph slider, and he also features a solid change.

A 3-pitch lefty who can reach 94 mph, gives up few fly balls, has solid control, has a plus-slider, and who was successful at age 21 in high A? Pretty solid No. 6 pitching prospect, IMO.

Jason Creasy 6'4", 200 lbs., R-handed

Creasy is an interesting guy to watch this year. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 2011 draft and is 21 years old. He deals 88-91 mph with his 2-seam, and can reach 94 mph with his 4-seam. His greatest assets are his very good control, his ground-ball tendency, his low HR rate, and his improving K rate.

Creasy intrigues me due to his progression 2012 to 2013. In 2012, he pitched 54 IP, gave up 66 H's, walked 20 and fanned 29.

Last year, he threw 108 IP, gave up 106 H's, walked a miniscule 24 batters and fanned 96. Further, in his last 10 starts, he threw 55 IP, gave up 49 H's, just 1 HR, with just 12 BB's and 45 K's. His GB/FB ratio last year was good-not-great at 1.20.

A big, healthy right-hander dealing in the low 90's who gives up few walks, basically almost no HR's and who can fan something in the area of 8 batters per 9 IP is a prospect. His FIP for 2013, by the way, was 2.93.

Cody Dickson 6'3", 190 lbs., Left-handed

Dickson is a 2013 college draftee who is a tall, lean lefty with plus velocity. He deals in the low 90's and can hit 95 mph, and has a plus curve a change that scouts think will become a good pitch. Any lefty who deals in the 90's and features three potential plus pitches is a solid prospect.

Dickson used his skills to good success in "older" rookie ball last year (against mainly other college draftees). He threw 57 IP, giving up just 42 H's, 24 BB's, 59 K's, and just 3 HR's allowed.

Looking forward to seeing how he does at West Virginia in 2014.

Casey Sadler 6'4", 215 lbs., R-handed

Sadler was an overslot signeed in 2010, selected in the 25th round. He is a ground-ball specialist who may wind up in the pen due to his spotty K rate in the minors.

He deals in the upper 80's to low 90's, but was hitting 94 mph out of the pen last year per reports I encountered. He also has a plus-slider that he deals at 83 mph. Sadler's GB/FB ratio was 1.70 last year, underscoring his reliance on the 2-seam.

He is now 23 years old and worked in AA for most of the season before a spot-start at Indianapolis. He wound up throwing 136 IP, giving up 123 H's, 43 BB, 72 K's, and 12 HR's allowed. His AA ERA was 3.31 and his minor league ERA 3.37.

That's the good news. The bad news is that his FIP was 4.33. Ehhh walk rates, low K rates suggest his role is not as a SP'er.

That constitutes my review of the top-10 Bucco pitching prospects. The order is certainly subject to debate, as is the end of the list.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates Top 10 Pitching Prospects
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A couple of points and quibbles. Taillon does not take advantage of his height. He is not a down hill thrower. He has a drop and drive delivery. It flattens his fastball. The Pirates have been working on lessening that so that he can throw more downhill. Sometimes scouts/coaches go overboard with their desire for the downward plane. Because of that we see very few true drop and drive pitchers these days. However, these japanese pitchers coming over and finding success may change that. Yu Darvish is a drop and drive pitcher. So is Masahiro Tanaka.

I like Kingham better than Taillon. His curveball is off the charts.

Glasnow has sick movement. Just devastating late action on his fastball. His mechanics though scare me. Can get very sloppy at times. Often appears like he is overthrowing. I have some real concerns he is going to get injured

Pimentel is not a top 5 pitching prospect in this system.

Glad you mentioned Creasy. I like him a lot. I think he will be their breakout pitching prospect this season.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates Top 10 Pitching Prospects
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mjdouble wrote:
Pimentel is not a top 5 pitching prospect in this system.


I don't really have a problem with him being slotted in the 5-6 range (he has him listed as 5th here, assuming it's chronological). Unless your quibble is more with his actual "prospect" status compared to the others ... most reports said he was borderline ML-ready at the time of the Hanrahan trade and he will almost assuredly make the team next year. But he was so good last year that I don't really have a problem seeing him there.

Will be interesting to see how the pundits and scouts outlook Heredia next year if he doesn't take a significant step forward, especially with the control. The age/maturity grace period will still firmly be on his side, but the skepticism seems to already be in full force given that he is pure project-ability. Obviously coming into camp in better shape and not being subjected to extended spring training would be a positive development to start. Was really hoping to catch him in person when I took a trip to Lexington to catch WV last year to see what the velocity looked like relative to his frame, but he pitched the day after the double header that I saw.

Seeing if J. Rodriguez can keep it going in Altoona is one of the prospects angles I'm most anticipating for next year.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates Top 10 Pitching Prospects
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I basically agree with Shark that Pimentel has definite prospect value, in the 5-6 range. Watch this and tell me he is not a top-10 pitching prospect for any team in baseball:



96 mph with that movement? And a FILTHY slider?

No team would have such extraordinary pitching prospect depth that Pimentel would not make the top-10.


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I think any time you have a 23 year old with his stuff, and who had a season like last year in the upper minors, he needs to be on any organizational top pitching prospect list.

He might start in the pen this year, but that's more related to him being required to break camp wth the major league team than any sort of indication of his future role. It's a crowded rotation. Possibly even overcrowded, depending on how things sort out. Wandy is kind of the elephant in the room at this point. Can't move him, can't cut him, kind of blocking some guys potentially.

Probably the first year since the "Core 4" year that the hitting prospects look more promising than the pitching prospects. They've done an underrated job internationally, I think. Then the returns on Meadows (especially), McGuire, and Bell are pretty encouraging too.

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It is not a question of Pimentel's stuff. He is out of options and his major league pathway is going to be as a relief pitcher. Not that he can't ever be a starter, but it is going to be tough. Can't send him down to stretch him out as a starter. At this point you have to consider him a major league middle reliever and not a prospect. You could make a better case for Justin Wilson being a prospect.


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There's nothing wrong with stretching him out in spring training after next season when you get rid of Liriano, Wandy, and Volquez and giving him a shot as a 25 year old.

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So where does Blake Taylor rank? He's another lefty with promise.


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J_C_Steel wrote:
So where does Blake Taylor rank? He's another lefty with promise.


Probably won't get much attention until he's at least up to WV, and I'm guessing he'll open at Jamestown next year. I agree though, hard not to like the project-ability, especially for a LHP.


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mjdouble wrote:
It is not a question of Pimentel's stuff. He is out of options and his major league pathway is going to be as a relief pitcher. Not that he can't ever be a starter, but it is going to be tough. Can't send him down to stretch him out as a starter. At this point you have to consider him a major league middle reliever and not a prospect. You could make a better case for Justin Wilson being a prospect.

Pimentel worked well as a starter last season, and he has 2 deadly pitches. If he can control his change and throw it for called strikes, he is a 3-pitch pitcher who deals in the mid-90's with filthy movement.

He will probably be in the pen in 2014 because he is not a finished product, and likely will not work out his issues as a starting pitcher.

Justin Wilson is not a prospect since he was on the MLB roster the entire season. Were you being serious with that comment?


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Bucfan wrote:
Justin Wilson is not a prospect since he was on the MLB roster the entire season. Were you being serious with that comment?


Pretty sure it's because he thinks Wilson has a better chance to be converted to a SP while Pimentel's outlook is surefire reliever. While I understand the optimism for Wilson, I pretty much see it as the opposite, especially since it wasn't until Wilson was converted to a reliever in the minors that he increased his velocity and became so effective, not to mention that his K numbers were actually fairly modest last year in the relief role. I fear the control would become the achilles heel it once was if switched back at this point. Not to mention that I don't anticipate that the seemingly never-ending line relief help in the high minors will be as prominent next year with Pimentel likely already making the team, the recent departures of Vic Black, K. Johnson, Ryan Reid, Kyle Farnsworth, etc. And with the loss of Black specifically, it wouldn't surprise me if he was now being looked at as the closer of the future if God forbid Huntington's luck of turning scrapheap FA pieces into superstar closers to flip into greater goods finally runs out (Dotel, Hanrahan, Grilli).


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Bucfan wrote:
mjdouble wrote:
It is not a question of Pimentel's stuff. He is out of options and his major league pathway is going to be as a relief pitcher. Not that he can't ever be a starter, but it is going to be tough. Can't send him down to stretch him out as a starter. At this point you have to consider him a major league middle reliever and not a prospect. You could make a better case for Justin Wilson being a prospect.

Pimentel worked well as a starter last season, and he has 2 deadly pitches. If he can control his change and throw it for called strikes, he is a 3-pitch pitcher who deals in the mid-90's with filthy movement.

He will probably be in the pen in 2014 because he is not a finished product, and likely will not work out his issues as a starting pitcher.

Justin Wilson is not a prospect since he was on the MLB roster the entire season. Were you being serious with that comment?


You do understand that Stolmy Pimentel is completely out of options? He has to make the major league roster. If he struggles at all there is nowhere to stash him. You can't send him down to Indy. Unless there are tons of injuries to the rotation he'll be in the pen this year. If he starts the year in the pen he'll end the year in the pen. He has no options so they can't send him down to Indy to stretch him out as a starter. In all likelihood Pimentel is going to be type cast as a reliever (at least while he is a Pirate) and he really has little margin of error in that role. So what does is matter that Wilson spent the whole year in Pittsburgh and Pimentel spent just a month? Right now Pimentel is either a major league pitcher or he's not a Pirate. That pretty much kills his prospect status. At least Wilson still has minor league options. If they felt they wanted to convert Wilson back to a starter they could send him to Indy.


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. Unless there are tons of injuries to the rotation he'll be in the pen this year. If he starts the year in the pen he'll end the year in the pen. He has no options so they can't send him down to Indy to stretch him out as a starter...


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ZelieMike wrote:
mjdouble wrote:
. Unless there are tons of injuries to the rotation he'll be in the pen this year. If he starts the year in the pen he'll end the year in the pen. He has no options so they can't send him down to Indy to stretch him out as a starter...


Ouch, I hurt my little toe...

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Players will only go along with that when it benefits them to do so. And if you are resorting to a feigned injury to retain a player with no options a little longer he has probably lost what little prospect value he still had.


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mjdouble wrote:
At least Wilson still has minor league options. If they felt they wanted to convert Wilson back to a starter they could send him to Indy.


I have a feeling that next year's necessary bullpen regression (regardless of the extent) will have something to say about these kinds of hypotheticals. I'm not down on rationale of wanting to re-convert Wilson and always capitalizing on maximum potential as opposed to a bullpen arm, but the team takes a big hit next year with even marginal bullpen regression. Obviously Melancon is one of the biggest regression candidates in the entire league (and we already saw it in August/September), and then you've got the cases of Mazzaro which I heard some (not me) even listed as a non-tender candidate, even Wilson himself posted disappointing K numbers considering the velocity and posted a .229 BABIP (not saying it's unsustainable, but it's so low that I have my doubts). I have doubts that the Pirates will find themselves in a position where they'd be comfortable re-prepping Wilson in AAA and losing his arm for late inning, high leverage situations, especially when like I previously mentioned, control was a massive achilles heel before he was converted to a reliever previously in the minors.

As I say all that, bullpen construction has without a doubt been Huntington's strongest suit as far as acquiring immediate ML-level talent via unwanted scrapheap pieces or minor trades, so I'm not really worried about how the bullpen will shake out at all. But, this is also the first time we've seen a bullpen that was historically effective at times, and a key reason the team won 90+ games. And that's without even mentioning things like excellent spot starts from Jeanmar Gomez and fringe prospects like Cumpton and K. Johnson.


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Thing is Shark, for each of those regression candidates you show, I can point to equally liable rebound candidates like Welker and McPherson.

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Players will only go along with that when it benefits them to do so.


Salaries for starting pitchers versus Salaries for relief pitchers.

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ZelieMike wrote:
Thing is Shark, for each of those regression candidates you show, I can point to equally liable rebound candidates like Welker and McPherson.


To say McPherson is anything more than a huge question mark would be an understatement. Wouldn't be surprised if he didn't even pitch in AAA the first few months. I'm glad he re-signed, he will be nice to have in the system and for all I know could bounce back to 2011 form in due time. But what seems more likely is that it will be a long, slow return to form (if that "form" still exists) after the Tommy John surgery ... will probably be on pitch counts, won't start the year healthy, etc. I mean, no team was willing to scoop him up when he declared for free agency due to the elbow injury. And likewise, it remains to be seen if the bullpen is even what the plan will be for him.

At any rate, my post was not about being down on the bullpen, I was just explaining why some (possibly significant) necessary regression next year will undoubtedly factor into the plans of the idea of re-converting Wilson to a SP. That's a piece that the team might not be willing to afford to give up as he may very well be their best reliever next year, with not as loaded of an AAA pipeline to call on, plus the prospective trade value that recently came out about how the Pirates were bombarded with interest about Wilson.


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TheShark wrote:
mjdouble wrote:
At least Wilson still has minor league options. If they felt they wanted to convert Wilson back to a starter they could send him to Indy.


I have a feeling that next year's necessary bullpen regression (regardless of the extent) will have something to say about these kinds of hypotheticals. I'm not down on rationale of wanting to re-convert Wilson and always capitalizing on maximum potential as opposed to a bullpen arm, but the team takes a big hit next year with even marginal bullpen regression. Obviously Melancon is one of the biggest regression candidates in the entire league (and we already saw it in August/September), and then you've got the cases of Mazzaro which I heard some (not me) even listed as a non-tender candidate, even Wilson himself posted disappointing K numbers considering the velocity and posted a .229 BABIP (not saying it's unsustainable, but it's so low that I have my doubts). I have doubts that the Pirates will find themselves in a position where they'd be comfortable re-prepping Wilson in AAA and losing his arm for late inning, high leverage situations, especially when like I previously mentioned, control was a massive achilles heel before he was converted to a reliever previously in the minors.


This isn't a hypothetical. It isn't just the view the Pirates may or may not have. There were supposedly a bunch of teams interested in Wilson at the Winter Meetings. That is very odd for a reliever, even one with good stuff and youth on his side. Part of the reason he is in high demand is because other teams view him as a potential starting pitcher and they would still have an option year in which to work with him.


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I don't see Wilson as a starter, I really don't. His velocity drops off considerably when he does, and he has never shown the command necessary for a starter to succeed. Now, he is a lefty and late blooming for lefties and all, but still... I like the idea of having Grant Jackson again, or two for that matter.

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