Pittsburgh Pirates: Forgotten All-Stars From the 20 Years of Losing
By Noah Wright
2011 Kevin Correia
In 2011, right handed starter Kevin Corriea made the NL All-Star team along with Andrew McCutchen and Joel Hanarhan. In the first half of the year, the Pittsburgh Pirates were in the postseason hunt and Corriea was showing some promise as a solid backend starter. Regardless, he still made the All-Star Game with a 4.01 ERA and 4.32 FIP. Correia only struck out 59 batters in 116.2 innings, but he had a walk rate of just 5.3%.
But after the All-Star Game, like the rest of the 2011 Pirates, he completely fell off a cliff. In his final 37.1 innings of the year, Correia gave up 52 hits, 30 earned runs, 11 home runs and 13 walks. Overall in 2011, he had a 4.79 ERA, 4.85 FIP and 1.39 WHIP in 154 innings of work.
The 2011 All-Star returned to the Pirates in 2012 where he pitched solid but still unspectacular. He threw 171 innings, and posted a 4.21 ERA, 4.43 FIP and 1.29 WHIP. While he only struck out 12.2% of all the batters he faced, he walked them at a solid 6.3% clip. He also surrendered home runs at a 1.1 per 9 rate. Regardless, the Pirates didn’t see enough in him to bring him back for 2013, and he signed on with the Minnesota Twins after his Pirates’ tenure.