Pittsburgh Pirates: Colin Holderman Trade a Win for Both Sides

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Former Pittsburgh Pirates Player, Daniel Vogelbach
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So far the deal has worked out really well for both sides.  The Mets have seen Vogelbach play in 15 games already and accumulate 44 at-bats.  In those at-bats, he is hitting .341 while walking 18% of the time.  He is still striking out a little above average at a 25% clip, but that’s to be expected from the 29-year-old power hitter.

Vogelbach had a solid first half with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He posted a .769 OPS and gave the team a 117 WrC+ which is above league average.  He has done even more with the Mets, posting owning an OPS north of 1.000 and a WrC+ of 199.  He was productive here, but being in a deeper lineup in Queens has made him an even better offensive presence.

Good on the Mets for going and getting a player that they knew would be a positive addition to their lineup.  For the Pittsburgh Pirates they were able to acquire a former Top 20 Mets Prospect in Holderman. The hard-throwing righty had success with the Mets albeit a small sample size.  He has done just as well with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Since joining the Bucs, Holderman has not allowed a single run to score.  His ERA with the Mets was 2.04 through 17 innings pitched.  So far for the Bucs he has thrown 6.2 innings and has lowered his ERA for the year to 1.48.  If you have seen him pitch one can understand why.  He is hard-throwing reaching up to 97 miles per hour so far, with sink.

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His control has been a little erratic since coming over.  He has walked 3 batters and plunked 2, but that was not his standard with the Mets. That could be natural, joining a new team as a rookie probably is not the easiest thing to do.  Hopefully, as he gets used to the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization he will start to settle in and develop into a legitimate back-end of the bullpen type arm. He is under team control for at least 6 more seasons.