Is no-hitter Justin time?

A month after hurling Indianapolis’ last previous no-hitter, Ian Snell was in the Pirates’ rotation. 

So does that mean Justin Wilson, who pitched most (7 1/3innings) of the Indians’ first no-hitter since 2005, should pack his bags?

Not necessarily. Wilson already has more Triple-A experience than Snell had when he held Norfolk hitless on May 15, 2005. But the current Pirates staff, rotation and bullpen, is (yes, I can’t believe I’m writing this) impenetrable.

Nonetheless, Wilson obviously brightened his pin on the Pirates’ map with his Sunday gem against Durham.

Wilson was a mid-March cut from Spring Training with specific developmental instructions he apparently is following. When he was optioned, general manager Neal Huntington said Wilson needed to “refine his mechanics and become more consistent.”

He was consistent enough on Sunday to hold Durham hitless for 7 1/3 innings. Jose Diaz and Major League veteran lefty Doug Slaten finished up the gem.

Wilson was pulled after 107 pitches because he had pitched into the eighth inning for only the second time in 78 Minor League starts. However, always on the lookout for a match-up lefty, he may at first reach the Pirates as a reliever.

“Love the velocity, the arm strength and the power,” Huntington says of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound lefty who was the club’s fifth-round choice in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

1 Comment

It would appear that we have some bright spots with pitching prospects. What are the bright spots with everyday players, especially those that can hit? I am aware of Josh Bell and Starling Marte. Alvarez, Tabata and Walker are all starting to produce and we all want that to continue, but shortstop and catcher is still a problem. Although Jones is hitting fairly well, first base isn’t settled either. It would seem that McGehee and Jones are everyday players rather than every other day or two. Shoulld we depend on the minors only for some pop or should we look at trades? Just one additonal good bat could really make a difference. By the way, after looking at the schedule before the season, I thought we would be totally out of it by now. I am plleasantly suprised and frustrated at the same thime. It is a shame to waste ssuch great pitching performances. We would be a lot better off with another bat.

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