Tuesday, March 23, 2010
McCutchen wins Fifth Spot in Rotation
That's exactly what cost Hart the job. After struggling at the end of last season, going 1-8 as a Pirate, Hart couldn't figure out the strike zone this spring either, with an alarming walk rate. While many in the organization still consider Hart to have the better stuff of the two, his inabilty to throw strikes led to him being one of eight cuts.
Some have said McCutchen doesn't have great stuff, but I disagree. His fastball may only top out at around 92, but he has pretty decent command of his two-seamer and breaking stuff and generally keeps the ball down in the zone.
While winning the fifth starter competition is big for McCutchen, it's not that big of a deal for the Pirates right off the bat. Up until April 24th, the Bucs will only need to use their fifth starter once, on April 11th.
In addition to Hart, the Bucs also cut Chris Jakubauskas and Neil Walker- all three will be sent to AAA. Brian Myrow, Hector Giminez, Brian Burress, Wil Ledezma and Jean Machi were all assigned to minor league camp.
-Zach Duke was named opening day starter. No surprise, but I didn't feel he was worthy off it. I feel Ross Ohlendorf or Paul Maholm would have been a better choice.
-Octavio Dotel has been throwing to batters and should be ready for opening day.
- Not that spring averages mean much, but several pencilled in regulars have not swung the bat well. All hitting under .200 for the spring are Aki Iwumara (.199), Jeff Clement (.194), Andy Laroche (.194) and Brandon Moss (a whopping .038)
-Former Bucco Nate McLouth is only 1 for 30 on the spring with 15 K's.
-Bucs got shelled by the Astros today 11-1.