Something to look forward to: the pitching in the Pirates system
Although the pitching is still a ways a way from the majors, it’s nice to see there are great arms on their way.
The Pirates pitching was ranked 10th (full-season affilates) among major league baseball’s systems at 4.18
Class-A Bradenton 3.64 ERA among the starters was 15th lowest and Double-A Altoona’s 3.66 ERA was the 18th lowest.
The four young arms in Double-A Altoona are not expected to start the 2011 season in the majors, but that doesn’t mean a few of them won’t be called-up later in the season.
Rudy Owens is a 22-year-old left-handed starter in Altoona. He finished the season 12-6 with a 2.46 ERA through 26 starts. His walk/strikeout ratio is 23/132.
Bryan Morris went 9-4 with a 3.03 ERA for Double-A Altoona this season. His walk/strikeout ratio is 38/134.
Justin Wilson went 11-8 with a 3.09 ERA for Double-A Altoona this season. He was also the winner for the final game in the 2008 College World Series.
Jeff Locke –who was promoted to Double-A half way through the season– went 12-5 with a 3.56 ERA comined with both Altoona and Bradenton.
Daniel Moskos and Tim Alderson both had rough seasons in the minors.
Moskos boasted a 1.52 ERA as the Altoona Curve’s closer, picking up 27 saves. After being promoted to Triple-A Indy in June things went sour as his ERA jumped to 10.38 and had a .351 opponent batting average. He was demoted back to Double-A.
Alderson was demoted from Double-A Altoona to High-A Bradenton after a rough season as well. He finished the season a combined 11-9 with 6.03 ERA.
Some more promising arms:
Nathan Baker combined with Class-A West Virgina and High-A Bradenton was 8-8 with a 3.00 ERA.
Aaron Pribanic was 7-6 with a 3.33 ERA with High-A Bradenton.
Nathan Adcock was 11-7 with a 3.38 ERA with High-A Bradenton. His walk/strikeout ratio was 38/113.
Brian Leach was 9-9 with a 3.85 ERA with High-A Bradenton.