McPherson pitched two scoreless innings allowed a hit and struckout two during his 2011 Pirates Spring Training.

Pirates Move Talented Young Arms


Rudy Owens pitched in two games allowed six hits, three earned runs and two walks over four innings.

Bucs Insider tweeted this morning that the Pittsburgh Pirates have made some moves with some of their talented young pitchers within the organization. 

Kyle McPherson has been optioned to Bradenton.  Bryan Morris has been optioned to Indianapolis which is some great news as some thought Morris could begin at Altoona.   Morris threw three innings allowed four hits, two earned runs and struckout one.  Rudy Owens and Justin Wilson were reassigned to minor league camp.

Wilson made two appearances in Spring Training going 1.2 innnings and allowed one hit, walked four, gave up three earned runs and struckout three.

Jeff Locke is scheduled to pitch today.  His assignment will be interesting.  Locke has impressed in camp and though most believe he will start in Altoona,  it wouldn’t shock us in the least to see him sent to AAA.

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  • http://babygirl katie andrews

    Did kyle not pitch 3 scoreless inning? Not just two. He out pitched all the guys but still gets sent to High A don’t get Why

    • http://rumbunter.com Tom Smith

      Katie, Kyle did pitch a great inning against the Manatees, but it doesn’t count on the total innings pitched for Spring Training. The Pirates see the talent in him, there is no way he would be added to the roster otherwise. We are huge Kyle McPherson supporters. We also need to remember the Pirates have made a few mistakes in the past, this may just be another one. There is only one person who can prove them wrong and that would be Kyle. We can’t wait to see him do it. We believe it’s not out of the realm of possibilites to see him at AAA before the season ends.