Olsen’s an okay fifth starter for a bad team, I suppose, but I don’t know that I like him any more than I’d like Morton or Lincoln in that spot.
I also expect at least one or two out of Owens, Locke, and Morris to be in his rotation spot by September, so we’ll see where this goes. Best case scenario is that he makes Maholm expendable, since the Pirates could probably get something reasonably helpful back for him.
I agree that Morton or Lincoln could be better options, but it never hurts to have a little competition there. Olsen could always just be a short term filler until they work things out with the other guys.
Best case-scenario this year is 73-75 wins, and that’s with steps forward from all of McCutchen, Alvarez, Walker, Tabata, McDonald, Maholm, Ohlendorf, and Correia. The odds of a few of those going right are pretty good, but not all of them.
What is the definition of “Ponson-esque”? Despite the ugly ERA totals throughout his career, Ponson has never managed an xFIP higher than 4.91 in a season with at least 10 appearances. If anything Olsen’s stats do somewhat resemble Ponson, only with higher K rate but a lower GB%.
The Pirates are short of pitching, they don’t have anything extra to trade, Olson is cheap, has a chance to be better than Duke was for them last year, or at least cheaper and about the same, he’s not blocking anyone, and they have got to collect some depth at the position anyway.
With the state of their infield defense, I think they really ought to get away from contact pitchers if at all possible. It’s a recipe for disaster for them right now as the club is constructed.
I do like that they are making small deals to improve the club-it’s the only thing they should be considering right now.
I could envisage a scenario where Olsen and Correia have good seasons for Pittsburgh, but what does it say for their farm system, when they are signing scrap heap guys that other teams have discarded rather than giving their own guys a chance?
To anyone who knows the Pirates farm system well: Do they really not have any good pitching prospects waiting for a major league callup?
There are no high end starting pitchers in the upper levels of the system. Lincoln and Morton have graduated to the majors and are both missing one ingredient from being worthile (Lincoln changeup, Morton makeup)
There are 3 starters that finished the season in AA (Locke, Morris, Owens) that could be decent, but the best arms in the system are going to be in A or short season next season.
The Pirates farm system pitchers that are considered promising in terms of being big league players were all in AA last year, with one of them getting called up to AA just last season. Out of the group of Pirates pitching prospects, Rudy Owens might make it to the bigs next year late in the year. He is a great control pitcher who tops out in the low 90s IIRC. I personally haven’t heard others say their other decent AA pitching prospects are likely to make it this year but I could be wrong.
Comment by Justin M — December 12, 2010 @ 10:38 pm
For the state of the Pirates farm system, please send your abuses to one Dave Littlefield. He is pretty much the sole reason the Bucs havent had a single prospect SP come to the big leagues in the last 3 years (except Lincoln).