Garrett Olson pitches with puffy cheeks, his MLB statistics are also puffy. But with Joe Beimel, and Scott Olsen having been mainly awful this season, the Bucs wanted to take a look at another left handed option in the bullpen we guess. Heh, why the hell not take a look at him? The Bucs made the waiver claim this morning. [Colin Dunlap just tweeted the Bucs had claimed Olson.]
We thought this video was funny it celebrates Olson’s ten day career with the Cubs. If you don’t have a sense of humor right now, we understand. It might be how long Olson stays with the Pirates though if his statistics hold true. The Bucs will probably place one of their ailing pitchers on the DL to make room for Olson. Kevin Hart? Chris LeRoux?
This is also rather funny. The video from the Olson remake of Pulp Fiction for an ESPN photoshoot.
Background: If you’re looking for the safest bet in this system to pitch in the big leagues, Olson is it. He jumped to high Class A in his pro debut in 2005, then made it to Double-A halfway through his first full season. The Orioles said the quality of his pitches improved at Bowie, as he seemed to pitch to the level of his competition.
Strengths: Olson has a well-rounded package of pitches, works efficiently and has a desire to learn and improve unmatched by anyone in the organization. He threw his fastball at 88-91 mph early in the season but worked at 89-93 later, complementing it with a hard breaking ball. His changeup has improved significantly, though he still needs to command it better.
Weaknesses: The Orioles say Olson was too fine with his pitches early in 2006, though he got more confident with his pitches and was more willing to pitch to contact later. Some scouts doubt the quality of his stuff and say he’ll end up as a lefty reliever.
Five years ago, Olson was a 22-year old rather hot prospect after striking out 162 and walking 50 in 165.2 IP at HighA and AA. That was the highlight. In the big leagues, Olson has been bad. Really bad. Bottom of the xFIP pile, well put it this way, if their is a pile of something, Olson might be under it.
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