Andy Oliver is off to a great start with the Pirates.
One of the top starters in the minor league system this year has been Andy Oliver. His start last week was the highest game score in the minor league system this year, and it was the second of three weeks where he was the top pitcher.
Oliver was acquired from the Detroit Tigers over the off-season in a one-for-one trade for catching prospect Ramon Cabrera. He was a second rounder in the 2009 draft, taken by Detroit 58th overall. He made it to the majors in 2010, his first year as a pro, although he didn’t have the best results due to poor control. Baseball America rated him their 87th best prospect prior to the 2011 season. However, control issues have lowered Oliver’s stock the last two years.
It hasn’t been uncommon for top pitching prospects to struggle in the Detroit system. They have a habit of rushing top pitchers, leading to some promising arms underperforming. It has happened with Jacob Turner, Oliver, and Rick Porcello. ...