The Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington joined the RumBunter Podcast from his office in Pittsburgh on Friday for a scheduled 15 minute discussion that turned into nearly 2/3 of an hour detailed state of the team. The Bucs are riding high at 13 games over .500, but are currently battling injuries specifically to their excellent pitching rotation which could threaten their hot start to the 2013 season.
Huntington talks heavily about the pitching staff. While the team seems to be falling apart around the Bucs GM, he remains very calm about the subject and while you can hear some stress in his voice, it seems like the GM has his finger on what the team needs to continue to succeed in the National League Centeral.
Included in this podcast with Cocktailsfor2 and Smitty are all sorts of detailed information about Gerrit Cole being ready to contribute, Charlie Morton‘s first start, the impressive work that Francisco Liriano has done and the changes the southpaw has made. A.J. Burnett and the decision to place him on the disabled list with his calf injury. The important move the Pirates didn’t make with Kyle McPherson which has to be seen as a positive for McFear moving forward this season.
Jeff Locke is lauded by the Bucs GM during the podcast and a key to his successs is also revealed. The power potential of Tony Sanchez is a hot topic along with some details about Sanchez throwing ability at the AAA level.
The 2013 draft is naturally a subject and included is a new ’Quick Fire’ segment you will not want to miss–guess what Huntington says about Neil Walker?
Also, Huntington talks about what the Pirates could do at the upcoming trade deadline. Don’t miss it!
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