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The now 28-year-old left handed Cam Vieaux didn’t have the best of seasons in 2021, especially once being called up to Indianapolis. The sixth round pick out of Michigan State made eight Triple-A appearances, all starts, last year and posted a 7.67 ERA in that span.
Now back in the bullpen in 2022, Vieaux started off the season better, but still not great for Indianapolis. Going into last week, Vieaux had made three appearances, one start, and had a 4.76 ERA while striking out and walking four in 5 2/3 innings.
This past week against the Iowa Cubs was a completely different story, with Vieaux pitching 6 1/3 shutout innings over two appearances, earning a pair of wins in the process.
The Pirates 11th round pick out of Duke in 2021, Jack Carey was able to log 5 1/3 innings after signing last year. He began 2022 where he ended the previous season, with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, out of the bullpen.
Carey, 22, got not only his first win of the season but also his first save as well this past week against the Rome Braves. The righty pitched 3 1/3 innings on the 27th in the Grasshoppers victories, and then closed out their Sunday win in the ninth.
On the season, Carey has a 3.65 ERA in six appearances, all out of the bullpen. He has struck out 11, while walking three and has held batters to a .222 average in the 12 1/3 innings he has pitched.
The righty from Venezuela has gotten off to a very impressive start to this season, especially considering he is still just 19-years-old. Carlos Jimenez has struck out 11 and walked three in 8 1/3 innings across three appearances this season while posting a 2.16 ERA.
This past week against the Dunedin Blue Jays, Jimenez pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, two runs (one earned), while walking one and striking out four.
Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.