Pirates in the WBC

I don’t know how much of the WBC everyone’s been watching, but I just finished up watching the USA beat up on Venezuela and now Australia is giving Mexico a run for their money and I’ve got to say I’m pretty entertained. Anyways, I thought I’d do a quick rundown of the players the Bucs have in the WBC and how they’re doing and whether or not it’s actually relevant to anything.

Ray Chang- As noted here, Chang had a big hand in China’s first international victory, going 3-4 with a homer in their win over Taiwan. Chang’s not really a prospect; he’s bounced all over the place and was demoted from AAA last year. He’ll be 25 and playing for Altoona or Indianapolis next year.

Dave Davidson- The most cruelly named of the Pirates’ prospects pitched one scoreless inning against the US, but he did give up two baserunners in the outing.

John Grabow- Made a quick cameo for the US against Venezuela tonight, getting Marco Scutaro to fly out on the only pitch he’s throw in the tournament so far.

Paul Mildren- Gave up a run in two innings against Mexico for Australia tonight. He’s been pretty bad in both KC and Florida’s systems recently and isn’t much of a prospect.

Eliecer Navarro- Panamanian with great Dominican Summer League numbers (at a bit of an advanced age). He pitched an inning and a third against Puerto Rico in Panama’s opener and didn’t look great, though a reader did write in to tell me he saw him pitch and thought his stuff looked pretty good.

And sadly, that’s all we’ve got right now. I think Ian Snell will be Puerto Rico’s next starter against the Netherlands, but I’m not positive about that. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for his next start.

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.