View Full Version : First Pitch: The Pirates Pitching Depth, as Told Through Flow Charts

Lady Steel
02-17-2015, 11:44 PM
Last night I uploaded flow charts, illustrating the depth at each position in the starting lineup for the Pittsburgh Pirates (http://www.piratesprospects.com/2015/02/first-pitch-eight-flow-charts-that-show-the-pirates-depth-at-each-position.html). I enjoyed making the charts, and Iím glad that so many of you enjoyed reading the article. A few of you requested that I do the same for the pitching staff, and that would be fitting today, since I just previewed the starting rotation battles heading into Spring Training (http://www.piratesprospects.com/2015/02/its-vance-worley-vs-jeff-locke-for-the-lone-battle-in-the-rotation.html).

The problem was that I didnít know how to set up the pitcher articles. Most of the offense charts were about questioning whether a specific player was healthy and/or performing well. Thereís also the fact that you only have one player to replace, where as a rotation and bullpen consists of multiple players doing the same job.

The solution was to consider those groups as one, rather than look at each individual rotation spot. The other key difference was that most of the pitching depth options were about timing, and whether one of the top prospects in Triple-A was ready. Once I settled on that, the rest came easy.

You asked for it (or maybe you didnít). Here are the flow charts for the starting pitching and bullpen depth for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2015 season.