Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Lots of Wednesday Stuff

-- Charlie Morton faces Bronson Arroyo today. Game time is 7:10, and the contest will be aired on Root Sports.

-- The lineup: Andrew McCutchen CF, Jose Tabata LF, Garrett Jones RF, Neil Walker 2B, Lyle Overbay 1B, Pedro Alvarez 3B, Chris Snyder C, Ronny Cedeno SS, Charlie Morton P.

-- The Pirate rotation was pushed back a day after yesterday's postponement.

-- Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors wrote a post called "If the Pirates Become Sellers." About everybody but the core four is up for grabs by his reckoning.

He mentions "Garrett Jones projects to be arbitration eligible after the season as a Super Two. He has a .281/.363/.496 career line against righties, which would be helpful to teams such as the Dodgers, Athletics, Phillies, and Tigers. Between his low salary, years of control, and ability to help as a platoon bat, Jones has trade value."

-- Scott McCauley of the Indy Indians tweeted that Evan Meek pitched an inning of rehab ball yesterday, and struck out the side.

-- Brad Lincoln pitched for Indy today and went seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits, a walk and whiffing seven. After a fairly dismal start, he's now at 4-3 with a 4.27 ERA and a decent set of side numbers: 8/42 W to K ratio in 46-1/3 innings and a WHIP of 1.127.

-- The KC Royals have added RHP Nate Adcock (1-0, 2.16 ERA in 16-2/3 IP), the Rule 5 pick from the Pirates, to the rotation and plan to start him Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

-- Keith Law of has the Bucs taking Danny Holtzen in his mock draft. He says "I'm having a hard time seeing Hultzen as the best player on the board, but under Neal Huntington the Pirates have long considered value relative to cost in their drafts, sometimes preferring to spend less in the first round when they see opportunities to spend their savings on other appealing prospects in later rounds."

Jim Callis of Baseball America has this to say about the Pirates draft: "...we have Hultzen as the third-best this year. If Rendon and Cole were at their best, to me, I'd take them over Hultzen. But it's hard to use that No. 1 pick on someone not at their best, so that puts Hultzen into the discussion."

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