I’ve been waiting patiently for this day. Waiting to see the outrage, the irrational hate that the Pirates would receive after cutting Gerrit Cole.
I was kind of disappointed. Sure there have been rumblings. There has been some disappointment. Overall though? Genuine understanding.
It reminds me of that scene from classic comedy movie Major Payne.
I was waiting for explosive diarrhea and all I got was a fart.
That’s good though, this was the right move.
I will sacrifice a few months of Cole when he has some learning to do to gain a year of Cole in his prime. It makes sense from every angle.
In addition to Cole the Pirates optioned Phil Irwin to AAA. Irwin was bad in his 10.1 IP anyway. He had almost no shot of making the team. I’m a Phil Irwin fan. He doesn’t blow you away with unreal stuff but he knows how to pitch and has had success at every level.
Brown has been a career minor leaguer, but he pitched alright in 7.0 innings this spring. Take that with a grain of salt though. He is a 27 year old that has yet to make a big league appearance and his minor league numbers leave a whole lot to be desired.
|AA (5 seasons)||AA||30||37||4.24||89||79||469.0||29||177||329||1.399||9.2||0.6||3.4||6.3|
|AAA (2 seasons)||AAA||7||17||4.81||49||37||224.2||20||113||129||1.593||9.8||0.8||4.5||5.2|
|A- (1 season)||A-||0||2||3.42||13||1||23.2||2||12||30||1.479||8.7||0.8||4.6||11.4|
|A+ (1 season)||A+||6||3||2.81||14||14||80.0||2||23||74||1.112||7.4||0.2||2.6||8.3|
No big loss there.
Waldrop only pitched 3.1 IP so really nothing to take out of that. He has at least spent some time in the majors. He strikes nearly no one out. He is depth, at best. He has two options left. He will possibly never be seen in Pittsburgh. Hopefully.
I’m not sure where I fall in regards to Kris Johnson. I think he is better than Jeanmar Gomez that’s for sure. Johnson is the type of player I think suffers from inviting so many unlikely players to Spring Training. Not that I think Johnson is going to be anything special, but a longer look might be warranted. He has LOOGY potential.
Ali Solis was always going to be Minor League depth. Now he is hurt too. His demotion is of little importance because it was always going to happen, just like the others above.
Just a whole bunch of moves that make sense.