Sunday, December 03, 2006

Bayliss Thriving, Youman struggles

Jonah Bayliss spent most of the 2006 season in Indianapolis as the Indians closer. Bayliss, finished fourth in the International League with 23 saves, going 3-3, 2.17 in 58 innings, striking out 67 batters before being called up to the big leagues.

So far this Winter, Bayliss has continued to increase his stock as a possible closer in the making. Pitching for Caribes in Venezuela, Bayliss has four saves and a 1.46 ERA in 12 innings so far this off-season.

The Pirates acquired Bayliss and righty reliever Chad Blackwell from the Royals in a trade for veteran lefthander Mark Redman at the Winter Meetings last year.

On the flip side of the chart, Pirates Minor League Pitcher Shane Youman left his winter club in Venezuela after complaints of a sore arm. In three innings, Youman allowed 10 hits and eight runs over two starts.
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