A few Pirates-related links for the beginning of November:
-P- Knowing what to make of Arizona Fall League statistics is very difficult, but Carson Cistulli finds that pitchers who strike out lots of batters in the AFL tend to have more big-league success than AFL pitchers who don't strike out many batters. That is, of course, intuitively obvious, but looking at Carson's list of AFL pitchers from 2005 through 2009, I was surprised at exactly how much better the high-strikeout group turned out to be, particularly given the small sample sizes involved. He notes that bodes well for Joely Rodriguez, in particular -- Rodriguez is having a terrific AFL after having only a decent regular season with Altoona. (Rodriguez, by the way, started on Halloween and allowed three unearned runs while striking out two in 1.2 innings.)
-P- The Rangers have outrighted Nate Adcock. You may remember Adcock as the pitcher the Pirates lost in the 2010 Rule 5 Draft. That seemed vaguely worth worrying about at the time, particularly after Adcock pitched passably with the Royals in 2011. He spent all of 2013 in the minors, though, and didn't pitch much in the big leagues this year after signing with Texas last winter.
-P- The Angels have declined Sean Burnett's option. Burnett has pitched very sparingly in the past two seasons, and when he has pitched, it's been in the AL West, probably the most out-of-sight-out-of-mind division for Pirates fans (thanks to geography, the time zone difference, and the fact that it's in a different league). So it comes as a mild jolt to remember than the Pirates' 2000 first-round pick actually collected $3.75 million this year, plus a $500,000 buyout. He had Tommy John surgery in June and will probably sign a minor league contract this offseason.