Ha, way late for me to post this...but I had him pegged as the Pirates' best starter for '07. I said he would be better than Snell this year. No joke. This dude has skill...throws a mid 90s fastball and has great breaking stuff. I watched him pitch against the Giants once last year at PNC, and I immediately was a big fan of his ability. I even told him that last year at a "Meet the Bucs" photo-op thing outside the stadium when he was shut down with arm trouble. I'm glad he believed in my praises!
Anyway, I hope you managed to grab him. Even if he doesn't stay this good, he still should get quite a few wins and have good peripherals. The Pirates still have poor offensive ability, so you never know what you'll get there.
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