Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Recapping Final 3 Day Two Picks

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Then with pick 260, the Pirates took Mike Walsh, a righty from Yale. Walsh is a 6’2, 200 righty whose main pitch is his 92-93 mph fastball.

In 2020, Mike Walsh only pitched seven innings and carried an ERA north of 15 at 15.43, and a WHIP of 2.714. This was very limited action, as the season was canceled after 10 games due to COVID, so the numbers are inflated.

In 2021, Walsh did not pitch at all, but he did have a full season in 2022. In 2022 he pitched 65 innings and had a record of 4-2, but had an ERA of 5.68. His WHIP was down to 1.37 though, which is not as bad as one would expect when looking at his ERA.

The aspect of his game that needs the most work and causes the inflated is his ability to limit the long ball. He gave up a homerun approximately every five and a half innings, as he allowed 12 long balls in his 11 games/65 innings.

While his numbers look very bad, if one does not consider his two rough outings in which he allowed 10 runs in each of these games, his ERA drops from 5.68 down to around 3.44, which is a lot better.

This shows that while yes he has a few bad starts overall he has not been quite as bad as his numbers may show. His numbers almost resemble Bryse Wilson as of late, as he has also had a couple of bad starts, but has had flashes of being good also.

It will be interesting to see if Mike Walsh can build upon his better starts, and can put those two horrid ones in the past.