In his last 5 starts for the Class-A West Virginia Power, Kyle McPherson has 39 strikeouts and only walked 3 batters. The Pirates are known for placing strict pitch counts on their players in the farm system, yet McPherson has gone 7 innings in 2 of his last 5 starts. That said, his K/IP ratio over that span is still an impressive 39/28.1 and his K/BB ratio is ridiculous. For the season, the opposition is batting a low .221 against him. Think it’s about time he gets a promotion to High A Bradenton Marauders?
Yesterday, McPherson went 7 innings without giving up a single hit and only walking 1 batter on his way to earning a win. His friend good friend, who also happens to be a Dynasty client, Ryan Kelly, came on in the 8th inning and pitched 2 solid innings to close the door on the game. Kelly struck out 5 batters in the 2 innings of work. On the season, Kelly also has more strikeouts and innings pitched, and his K/BB ratio is 24/3.
For a team desperately in need of pitching, the Pirates have a couple of arms that they may want to consider bringing up the organizational ladder. I am not suggesting that my guys are guaranteed success at higher levels, but there is no way of knowing if they are stuck at Class-A.
Here is an update on some other Dynasty baseball clients:
- Since being called up to Triple-A Buffalo, Johnny Lujan has notched 4 saves. In 13.1 innings pitched, he has 19 strikeouts and only 3 walks. Lujan has always been known for his ability to confuse batters, but an issue in the past was his control. In the offseason, he worked hard on getting his control down, which is proven by his low number of walks allowed. In Lujan’s last 4 innings pitched, he has struck out 9 batters.
- Clint Robinson is having a fantastic first season at the Double-A level. His OBP is currently .374 and his OPS is .831. He has been patient at the plate, walking almost as much as he has been K’d, which is a great sign for a power hitter like Robinson. This past Saturday, Robinson matched a franchise record with 7 RBI. He was 5-for-6 on the day. 1 of the 5 hits included a home run (his 5th on the year).
- Lee Roberts is not only enjoying himself playing overseas in Germany, the former Kansas City Royals organization hurler is also putting up very impressive numbers. In 60.1 innings pitched, he has struck out 72 batters and boasts a 2.39 ERA. A couple of weeks ago, Roberts was awarded the honor of Bundesliga Player of the Week.