Just a few years ago, Kyle McPherson was a Neanderthal – at least on the mound.
Jeff Locke was just a young, Single-A pitcher with a lot of upside in 2009. That’s when he was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a very unpopular move at the time.
Jason Grilli talked with the Fan’s Dan Zangrilli today in Bradenton, Fla. after a story came out that the Pirates closer was critical of team management at last year’s trade deadline.
Vic Black, the Pirates supplemental first round pick in the 2009 draft, enjoyed a 13 save season, where he held opponents to a .189 batting average in 2012, while allowing just one run in both June and July combined while pitching for Double-A Altoona.
After an injury riddled 2012 season that saw the usually reliable Jeff Karstens in an on-again, off-again role because of health issues, it was expected he would no longer be with the team at season’s end.