ESPN Article On Pirates Tim Alderson Eye Opening

The decline of Tim Alderson is discussed in detail by Tim Keown of ESPN. Photo: Thomas Boggan EV Tribune.

ESPN writer Tim Keown weaves an amazing story inside the life of troubled right hander Tim Alderson in a recent article entitled Terminal Velocity. Keown weaves a chilling account of the former first round pick that was sent over from the Giants to the Pirates in the Freddy Sanchez deal.

Since putting on the black and gold, Alderson has failed.  Often times miserably so.

Alderson went back to his roots and his high school coach had some hard truth for the big right hander.

“You were a better pitcher when you were a freshman in high school.”  Tim Alderson’s high school coach, Coach Kibler

The truth hurt Alderson who was quoted as saying:

“Everything we’d worked for, everything he ­developed is gone. It’s hard to look at myself and think, I was a better pitcher when I was 15.”

Several quotes will strike you as incredibly eye opening.   The article will certainly bring questions regarding the Pirates approach to their young pitchers.  As we all know, the Pirates have numerous big time arms in the system.  Their recent drafts have been filled with picking up talented young arms and reading this is  scary stuff for Pirates fans.  But it’s also interesting to us, that some of the Pirates pitchers have blossomed under the Bucs approach.   Heh, it’s a dangerous game littered with stories like Alderson, the article is an insightful read, but we aren’t sure what good will come to Alderson for revealing such information.

Maybe he pitches like he is 15 again this year and lets the cards fall where they may?

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  • Nater

    I hope for Tim’s sake he pitches well… I have heard of long toss being the savior for a lot of young pitchers and didn’t know that so many teams were strictly against it. The Pirates really need to be one of the cutting edge teams if they expect to win. Go get the guys that are turning down 70% of other teams. Try something out of the box. Cause guess what… what you are doing is not working. Let’s go to work!

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      good point, after reading that article it was very hard not to want the guy to find it, that 15 year old comment stung