Originally written on More Hardball  |  Last updated 9/19/12
Rick VandenHurk is a terrible pitcher.
There, I said it.  Someone had to.

The 27 year old right-hander from the Netherlands is in his 6th MLB season.  Not sure how he continues to latch on with teams and get called up to the Majors, but he does.  His career ERA is 6.11 with a 1.64 WHIP over 49 appearances, 35 of which have been starts.  For his career, he has a -1.3 WAR, meaning he's worse than a replacement level pitcher.  That number would be much lower too, if not buoyed by his only mediocre season in 2009 when he registered a 0.8 WAR with the Marlins. 

Currently VandenHurk is pitching batting practice for the Pirates.  That's the kiss of death right there.  No way they finish the season above .500 now (it's be their 20th straight losing season if so).

Not only does he suck at pitching, he's even worse at the plate- .021 batting average (1-47 w/ 31 K).

This season alone he's been in the Blue Jays, Indians, and Pirates organizations.  When will everyone get the hint that this guy is bad?
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