In a new series on Pirates Breakdown, Stock Report will look at two players in the organization who saw their stock rise or fall due to their performance in the last week. This week we will look at some of the best and worst performers from April 8-14.
Whose Stock is Rising
Corey Dickerson may have only played in three games this week, but he sure made the most of his time on the field. Dickerson slashed .417/.500/.833 in 14 plate appearances last week.
He clubbed a home run in the April 8th contest against Cincinnati, and he scored at least one run in each of the three games. He also had an even BB/K ratio as he took two free passes and also struck out just twice.
The Pirates received a few great starts from their pitchers last week, but no one out did Jameson Taillon and his performance on April 8th when he went the distance against Cincinnati. He faced a total of 30 batters and only allowed four of them to reach base by the way of a single, two walks and a hit by pitch.
He followed that up with a four-hit performance against the struggling Miami Marlins on April 14th in which he threw six shutout innings.
Whose Stock is Falling
If there is one area that the NL Central leading Pirates need to improve, it is the bullpen.
Josh Smoker had a string of solid relief appearances before the Chicago Cubs tagged him for four runs on five hits over an inning and a third of work on April 11th. He went into that game with a nonexistent ERA and left with a hefty 9.00 instead.
While it is just one outing and this meltdown occurred against one of the strongest teams in the league, it is a little concerning that now through four total innings this year, Smoker has yet to strike a batter out and has surrendered two free passes. All of this no doubt came into play when the team decided to send Smoker down to Indianapolis on April 13th.
Another member of the bullpen that has struggled early on this season is Dovydas Neverauskas. Neverauskas only made one appearance last week and gave up a run in an inning of work on April 11th in Chicago.
Unfortunately for Neverauskas, this performance was not an outlier this season and represented the fourth time he allowed at least one earned run to score in his six appearances so far this season. Neverauskas will need to string together a few good performances, or else he will no doubt be heading back in Indianapolis.
What two performances this week impressed you and which ones would you consider a disappointment? Let us know!