brandnew wrote:Mercer, you think Kip Wells can put it together? I remember last year people were riding his nuts in Spring Training, and he was terrible...
Duke and Perez should be a nice combo... isn't Santana still in Arby years? That's why he was so cheap? Would Perez give a discount to his team? He seems like the type of guy who would go to a mid-level contending team, like the Cubs, Giants, Padres, etc.
I don't know what to think of Kip. He has a pretty good fastball and a wicked Sheets-like curve that he can get strikes and K's with a lot of the time. The biggest deal with him last year was the blisters. I hope those don't pop up again. Another thing he has problems with is throwing too many pitches. He tries to get K's, and that gets him into a lot of full counts. By the 6th inning, he's thrown 100 pitches, and Lloyd gets scared to leave people in after that because one mistake normally loses them the lead (if they have it). He had a ton of great pitching performances over the last few years, but many times he got ND's because the score was 1-1, 2-2, or 3-3 by the time he left.
As with all Pirates pitchers, the drawback is not the pitchers themselves...it's the dang offense that can't score! Another thing I routinely see is the Pirates scoring runs and then giving them right back the next inning either through errors or pitching. It seems as though the team gets complacent...thinking that they finally did their job and that the pitcher will get them through the rest of the game. Well, even with good teams that doesn't happen.
With Boras as Perez's agent, I doubt he will do the hometown discount as I stated before. He knows he's good, and if he's not playing for a winner he knows that there are plenty of winning teams with cash that would love to have him.
I haven't seen Duke, but I know he's very good. He's posted a 3.11 ERA in A and a 1.39 and 1.58 ERA in AA (8-o). He also outpitched D. Williams and Vogelsong this spring by a mile, but I knew from the very beginning that they wouldn't bring him up. The other guys are out of options, and Duke could still go to AAA and get more "seasoning." I have no doubt he'll be up once if not twice this year either because of injury or September call-ups. If they keep up their current track, Perez and Duke would be an awesome combo for the Pirates to have...but keeping them here once they become stars is going to be really hard.