P2Daily: Bear Bellomy And The Development List

Baseball is played over a long season, and sometimes the day-to-day grind can get overwhelming. Over the course of 100-plus games, struggles are bound to happen, and sometimes the best thing to do is step aside, take a break, and reset your mind.

When you come back, with a fresh mind, it’s easier to find the little adjustments needed to find that success you were previously having.

Bear Bellomy got off to a rough start this season, posting a 13.03 ERA in his first five appearances, spanning 9 2/3 innings. In those nine plus innings, he allowed eight home runs and his opponents slugged .979 against him.

He was placed on the Development List on May 3rd and remained there for about a week and a half.

The break ended up being huge for Bellomy, who has been lights out since coming back. He allowed three runs in his second appearance back, and has since pitched five scoreless outings, spanning 11 innings.

Bellomy pitched 2 2/3 innings on Wednesday, striking out four, allowing just one hit and walking two. He’s been able to cut his ERA almost in half since coming back, as now it sets at 6.46. Still some ways to go, but he’s taken a huge leap in a short amount of time.

With the early success of Bellomy coming off the Development List, it can potentially pave a road for a couple of other pitchers currently on it.

Adrian Florencio was the Pirates Minor League Pitcher of the Year after his strong season with the Bradenton Marauders. This season has sung a different tune, as Florencio had a 1-8 record with a 8.84 ERA in 12 games before going on the Development List on June 14. His BB/9 has nearly doubled from a year ago, and the struggles can’t even be pinned on playing in Greensboro, his ERA is nearly twice as high on the road than at home.

While he’s put up some video game strikeouts, the Pirates also put Luis Peralta on the Development List back on May 26, as the lefty had walked 20 batters in 21 2/3 innings. He does have 41 strikeouts in that time, but the walks were piling up and hurting his effectiveness.

Sometimes players just to reset their minds, it’s a long season and continually struggling can get very discouraging. We are seeing early signs of the break working with Bellomy, with two more trying to turn their seasons around with the same break.

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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.

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Nice piece, this.

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to make an argument in favor of having a similar option for major leaguers. Obviously it’s a lot more complicated, but there are plenty of guys who struggle at the top level and could use a short break. And to make matters worse, management has to decide whether to let them waste away on the bench or hurt the team on the field. Instead we see guys put on the IL with phantom injuries and it amounts to something resembling the same thing as this.


My grandson’s name is Bear so I’m pulling for this guy to do well!

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I’m trying to remember who else they did this with last year, I remember Tahnaj specifically took some time on developmental list, and appeared to come back looking sharper. Although this season for him has been another story.


Seems like mason martin is a prime candidate for the development list


It does seem effective and glad it appears to be working with Bellomy. To some degree, I think just getting a chance to reset regardless of whether there is any actual development (e.g., mechanical changes) can be valuable.

And speaking of that, my thought in seeing Indy’s boxscore last night was what should they do with Martin? Four K’s in 4 AB’s last night, in June he has 5 hits, 4 BBs, and 29 (!) K’s in 59 PAs…I still think he’s an interesting prospect but he needs something to help him reset. They’ve tried moving him around the lineup but evidently it’s going to take something more than that. Maybe flipping him and either Gorski or Shackleford? Maybe time in Bradenton?

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