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1/12/1984 (33 y, 1 m, 14 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 11, Overall: 173, Team: Florida Marlins
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Olsen (hamstring) continues to build up his arm strength, but he doesn't appear close to a return to the Pirates, the team's official site reports. (4/24/2011)
Pirates Pick Olsen Off the Scrap Heap
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Waiver Wire: May 10th
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What Happened to Scott Olsen?
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Year in Review:
2006 was a long time ago. That year, Olsen put together a fine 4.04 ERA, 1.30 WHIP season with fine peripherals (8.27 K/9, 3.74 BB/9, 44.8% GB, 1.15 HR/9, 4.33 FIP). He had poor fastball (-15.2), a strong slider (+12.1), and a good change-up (+7.2). Since then, Olsen has lost about two strikeouts per nine, almost 8% off his ground-ball rate, gained a half a home run a year, and lost 2 mph off of his fastball and slider. More worrisome is that the movement on his slider has changed after his many injuries and surgeries, and last year the pitch was worth just one run. In 2009, he was just a guy with the same bad fastball (-17.8), a now-average slider (+1), and an average change-up (-2.3). Almost every indicator on Olsen is going the wrong way.
The Year Ahead:
Since it looks like Olsen has left his peak behind him, it's safe to say he's about to do the same with his usefulness in fantasy. He was only marginally useful in NL-only leagues as a potential back-of-the-rotation fantasy starter. With his injury history (62 innings in 2009), he can really only be considered a value in 2010 if taken in the final rounds of an NL-only draft. If you are taking him there, you are hoping his strikeout rate continues its slight rebound with a little more time between him and his injuries, and that the improving Nationals offense can win him some games. (Eno Sarris)
Though the Pirates have as yet to shock the world, GM Neal Huntington has taken almost the exact right approach during his time with the club, making moves for players like starter James McDonald, catcher Chris Snyder, and outfielder Lastings Milledge -- that is, cheap players with some kind of upside or underrated skill. That Huntington targeted Olsen this offseason, signing the left-hander to a one-year contract for just a half-million dollars, suggests that Olsen fits that mold. Mind you, there's a
of room for Olsen to imrove: before 2010, he hadn't posted an xFIP below 4.90 since 2006. Some of that poor performance is certainly due to injury, and that was also the case last year, as he missed all of July, and more, with shoulder problems. If Huntington sees something here, it's likely a combination of the following: either/both an increase in velocity (up 1.6 mph over 2009) and a career-high ground-ball rate of 46.5%. He's not someone to draft, but may not be entirely irrelevant this season. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Not a player to draft, but could definitely have an opportunity in Pirates thin rotation.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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