The Vanimal has a new home.
Coming off a single disappointing season spent mostly in Triple-A for the Minnesota Twins, right-handed starting pitcher Vance Worley was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for cash considerations.
The club announced the move.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) March 25, 2014
Worley would have started the season in Triple-A Rochester for the Twins, so he will be in a similar situation with the Pirates. For now the Pirates will stash him in hopes that he re-discovers the stuff that once made him an intriguing prospect and even an Opening Day starter.
Outrighted by the Twins earlier this month, Worley was disastrous in 2013 (1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts). Worley’s best season same in 2011 when, at age 23, he went 11-3 in 21 starts with a 3.01 ERA. It is not entirely unreasonable for the Pirates to hope that Worley will re-discover that form considering that he is still only 26 years old.
On the other hand, Worley was only OK in his nine Triple-A starts last year, going 6-3 with a 3.88 ERA but only a 5.3 K/9 mark. Whatever upside he might have at this point, this is a low risk move for the Pirates to add some organizational depth.