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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Highlights: Strikeouts From Casey Sadler and A.J. Morris

Today we focus in on two pitchers from the Indianapolis Indians rotation that could help the Pirates down the line this season. Casey Sadler has already pitched four games out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh, but he has been pitching great this year as a starter and could get a chance to start a big league game this year. Sadler returned to the Indianapolis rotation on Monday night and threw five shutout innings. It was his first start since May 25th. Here he strikes out Brandon Boggs, who has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors, and Boggs played the entire 2012 season for Indianapolis.

The other strikeout from today is A.J. Morris, who has put up terrific numbers all season for Altoona, where he started the year, and now for Indianapolis for his last three starts. Morris was a fourth round pick in 2009 and looked like he was on track for the Majors until a 2011 should injury and subsequent surgery cost him an entire season. When he returned in 2012, he pitched out of the bullpen and did well, leading to his first shot at AA last year. The overall results were average at best, but the Pirates no doubt liked his strong 2.35 GO/AO ratio.

This year, he has a 1.56 ERA in 75 innings, with a 1.07 WHIP and a 2.04 GO/AO ratio. It looks like he could be back on track to reach the Majors at some point this year. The interesting thing to watch with him is just how many innings will he pitch this year. He is only 11 IP short of his career high, but he is also 27 years old, so his limit could be higher than most minor leaguers, who rarely go 30-40 innings over any previous total. Here he gets Joey Terdoslavich looking.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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William Wallace

Clean out our MLB bullpen. Grilli — Wilson. I hope we don’t regret trading Morris.


It could happen. Brandon Moss. Doesn’t matter. The team was not in a position to wait around for him to realize his full potential. And he wasn’t good this year.

No regrets there.


Aj could be this year’s Cumpton/Burres. No room for him at the inn right now if Locke & Worley keep it up, but looks like a good pickup. Of more concern is the BP. Neither Sadler nor Morris are really great options for a back end role. Wilk might be. He looked great in ST.

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