Saturday, January 28, 2012

Zach Duke signs with Astros

Another former Pirate signed with a division rival today when 2009 All-Star Zach Duke signed a minor league deal with the Houston Astros.  Duke will also receive an invitation to Spring Training to try to make the rotation.  Duke wasn't a bad pitcher when he broke into the league, but his velocity decreasing over past couple years and lack of a stellar infield defense has really hurt Duke's numbers.  He isn't a power pitcher and only averages 3-4 K/9 over his career, but he is durable and will stay on the mound to save the bullpen.  Duke's biggest problem is his inconsistency on the mound.  Some days, he looks like a strong and solid number 3 pitcher.  Other nights, he looks like he should be throwing batting practice to little leaguers.  Best of luck to you Mr. Duke.

2008 Zach Duke Upper Deck Jersey

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