The Pirates simply left themselves far too short for arms on the 40-man roster and it immediately impacted the choices they’d have to make, even for opening day.
The Pirates bullpen has been mentioned quite a few times on social media lately. Combining this “buzz” with the Pirates deadline acquisitions, I thought it would be worth taking a tour through the bullpen options currently on the team as well as some in the minor leagues.
Is the rebuild still on track. I mean, to me yes, but maybe that’s because it’s still where I expected. In this piece, I’ll outline where we’ve been, and where it’s headed.
There are a few changes here. So pay attention!
Busy weekend. I typically try to write at least one piece over the weekend but this one I just couldn’t make it work. Then again, why should I care more than a team still employing Josh VanMeter and still digging around on waiver wires and AAA trade boards to find guys like Jose Godoy, oh, I mean “This Catcher”? I just refuse to learn a 59th name.
Endy Rodriguez and Dariel Lopez continue to impress. And I’m really not sure what else either of the two can prove in Greensboro? I get Endy is a catcher and catchers usually take a little longer and I will confess that I am not privy (obviously) to what the Bucs front office wants to see Endy work on as far as his defense goes.
I don’t know when every move is coming, but I’m sure later today someone like Tucapita Marcano will replace someone like Yoshi Tsutsugo or Josh VanMeter on the roster. That’ll of course be welcomed by everyone with open arms, if not frustration that it took so long, but it’s also not the change that this team needs most.
What a weird time to be writing one of these. I mean, it’s Monday, it’s 5:00 PM, but there is just so much uncertainty out there what with the trade deadline tomorrow. I mean I could turn this into a prediction piece, maybe it’ll wind up one of those where I have to add a 6th or 7th point because trades won’t quit rolling in.
This is just a prospect. Learning to/trying to make the jump from AAA player to MLB player. Some don’t ever make that leap, few make it easily, fewer still become stars from the jump.
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