PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- The Pirates traded minor league right handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named to the New York Mets for first baseman Ike Davis. Pirates broadcaster Greg Brown told Colin Dunlap on Bucco Talk that he admires Neal Huntington’s patience, considering rumors insinuated that the Mets had a high asking price.
“The buzz around the ballparks was that the Mets were asking for too much in some people’s minds, certainly in Neal Huntington’s mind,” Brown said. “I admire Neal Huntington again. This guy’s got the patience of Job. I don’t know how he is able to, time and time again, not pull that trigger and just wait it out.”
Brown added that he doesn’t think that Davis will jump into the cleanup spot.
“I don’t think that there’s any way that Clint Hurdle puts him anywhere near the middle of that order, sixth at best,” Brown said. “I think he likes (Neil) Walker, that flexibility, the switch-hitter batting between a left-handed hitting (Pedro) Alvarez and a left-handed hitting Ike Davis.”
A pleasant surprise has been Edinson Volquez. Brown hasn’t been shocked by Volquez’s early success but has been pleasantly surprised by Volquez’s control.
“He’s been extremely wild over the last couple of years,” Brown said. This year, “He’s thrown that first pitch strike, his velocity is OK, it’s good enough.”
Brown added that he’s working well with Russell Martin, and that Francisco Liriano has helped Volquez as well.