I had to be home at 7 p.m. last night. For me, Pirates-Indians is a must watch.
``Why would you want to watch them? They are both terrible,’’ my friend asked.
She’s right. But I enjoy the process more than the product sometimes. Both teams are building toward the future and I am curious as to how much Pedro Alvarez will be involved in that future for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutcheon is already a must-see player.
Same goes for Carlos Santana and his Indians cohorts.
Which team will find success the fastest?
Who has the brighter future?
Put team bias aside and really think about it.
The Pirates have five position players in the lineup who were in Triple A last year: McCutcheon, Alvarez, Garrett Jones, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker.
The Indians, at the major league level, have a young nucleus of Santana, Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera surrounded by strong veterans including Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook.
Yes, I’m still counting Cabrera and Sizemore. As a side note, what would this Indians team be like if those two were healthy and playing to potential?
The Pirates drafted the two best high school right-handed pitchers available in Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie. The Double-A Altoona Curve pitching staff currently leads the Eastern League in ERA at 3.24.
The Indians drafted, arguably, the best college arm in the draft with the fifth pick overall: lefty Drew Pomeranz (Taillon went No.2). Last year’s top pick, Alex White, has buzzed through the minors. He carries a 2.08 ERA in six starts at Akron.
Of course I could go on and on with comparisons, but I only have so much space here (That's a lie. I am writing on the Internet). And, well, you guys can form your own opinions and do your own research.
So, you tell me what team has a brighter future. Who will find success first?
Minor league roundup
Triple-A Columbus (41-29) – The Red Sox scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to win win 7-6. Jeremy Sowers took the loss, allowing all six runs on four hits and two walks. He is 1-4 with a 6.49 ERA in 16 games at Columbus. Aaron Laffey started the game and pitched 5.2 innings, allowed one run and walked seven. He struck out two. Michael Brantley returned to the lineup and went 1-5 with a home run.
Double-A Akron (33-35) – Portland buried the Aeros 11-5. Jason Kipnis went 2-4 with two doubles and a RBI for the Aeros. Alex White started and allowed six runs, three of them earned in four innings. Carlos Rivero hit his second home run of the season.
High Class-A Kinston (35-34) – right-handed pitcher Marty Popham was blasted for eight runs on 10 hits and one walk in two innings as the Indians lost to Salem 12-0. Kinston was held to three hits rightfielder Abner Abreu had two of them.
Low Class-A Lake County (42-23) – Right-hander Matt Packer struck out seven in 5.1 innings to his fifth game of the season for the Captains, who beat Lansing 6-2. Packer carries a 2.19 ERA for the season and has 46 strikeouts in 49.1 innings. He has walked six. Offensively, Jeremie Tice had two doubles and catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen hit a home run and drove in two. For the season Chen is hitting .318 with six home runs and 36 RBI.