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Vance Worley | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Vance Worley pitched well in Friday's victory over the Brewers, allowing just two runs on six hits over six strong innings.
The veteran right-hander racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking four, needing 93 pitches to get through his six frames. After a disastrous opening to the season, Worley needed a strong outing to secure his spot in the Pirates rotation, and he certainly delivered. He'll carry a 5.84 ERA and 1.54 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Cubs. Apr 17 - 10:08 PM

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Vance Worley surrendered six runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Brewers on Saturday.

In addition to the six runs and seven hits allowed, Worley walked two and struck out four. The big hits against him were a two-run double by Hector Gomez in the second and a two-run homer by Jean Segura in the fourth. Worley will move back to the bullpen when Charlie Morton (hip) returns, though he should see his share of spot starts throughout the season.
Apr 11 - 9:47 PM

Vance Worley will begin the season in the bullpen.

Meanwhile, Jeff Locke has secured a rotation spot. Worley entered spring training as the favorite and posted a 5.29 ERA with an 11/1 K/BB ratio over 17 innings. We're surprised to see it go down this way, but odds are Worley will still make a bunch of starts this season.
Mar 30 - 4:34 PM

Vance Worley blanked the Orioles for four innings in the Pirates' 4-2 victory on Sunday.

Even though Jeff Locke is pretty solid, too, it'd be a major surprise if Worley didn't open the season in the Pirates rotation. He was just too good last year not to get the call, and he's done nothing so far to hurt his stock.
Mar 15 - 5:51 PM

Vance Worley gave up two runs in two innings Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Worley is battling Jeff Locke for the lone opening in Pittsburgh's rotation. Both are out of options and are expected to make the club. Worley probably has two advantages for the fifth spot: he outpitched Locke last year, plus he'd seem to be the less likely of the two to prove useful out of the pen.
Mar 4 - 4:50 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Vance Worley "would seem to have the edge" over Jeff Locke for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation.

It's not a surprise after Worley easily out-pitched Locke last season with a 2.85 ERA over 18 appearances -- 17 starts. Worley really struggled in his year in Minnesota, but he's had success in the National League and should be a solid back-end starter for the Pirates, albeit one with limited upside.
Feb 20 - 9:14 AM

Vance Worley won his arbitration case against the Pirates and will make a $2.45 million salary in 2015.

The Pirates offered $2 million when figures were exchanged last month, but the three-person panel of arbitrators ultimately ruled in Worley's favor after he bounced back with a 2.85 ERA across 110 2/3 innings last season. The 27-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player, so he remains under team control through 2018.
Feb 10 - 3:46 PM

Vance Worley requested $2.45 million and was offered $2 million from the Pirate when arbitration figures were exchanged.

Worley was projected by to earn $2.9 million from the arbitration process, so it seems like a win for the Pirates wherever he ends up. The 27-year-old had a terrific bounce-back effort in 2014, compiling a 2.85 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 79/22 K/BB ratio over 110 2/3 innings.
Jan 16 - 10:04 PM

Vance Worley is on the Pirates' roster for Wednesday's Wild Card Game against the Giants.

Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole are not on the roster, so Worley and Jeff Locke will serve as Edinson Volquez insurance out of the bullpen. With Russell Martin nursing a hamstring injury, the Pirates will carry three catchers, will Chris Stewart and Tony Sanchez also on the roster. The Pirates will reset if they make it through to the NLDS.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Vance Worley picked up a no-decision despite allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings as the Pirates defeated the Reds on Friday.

Worley's effort helped the Pirates remain in the thick of things for the NL Central title, moving temporarily to a half-game behind the Cardinals. The right-hander scattered nine hits, issued no walks, and struck out four. Worley ends the regular season at 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 79/22 K/BB ratio. He could be the fourth starter for the Pirates should they make it into the NLDS.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Vance Worley threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just four hits, in Sunday's 1-0 defeat of the Brewers.

Worley was dominant in the start, giving up just four singles without walking a batter in silencing the Brewers' bats. He struck out five in the win. After a rough stretch in the middle of August, Worley has bounced back to win three straight, improving his record to 8-4. Worley has been a tremendous find for the Bucs this season, and he'll take a 2.93 ERA in his final start of the season against the Reds on Friday.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Vance Worley will start on Sunday versus the Brewers.

Charlie Morton took his spot for one turn, but his sports hernia is acting up again. Worley has faded in recent weeks but still boasts a 3.18 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 96 1/3 innings this season.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:18:00 PM

Vance Worley has been moved to the bullpen.

Charlie Morton will return from the disabled list and claim the vacant rotation spot Tuesday night against the Red Sox. Worley has pitched well in a starting role this season for the Bucs and should be a useful weapon in long relief down the stretch.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 09:38:00 AM

Vance Worley labored through five innings, allowing three runs, but went home with his seventh win as the Pirates topped the Phillies on Wednesday.

The Phillies made their former hurler work, forcing him to toss 92 pitches in his five frames. The right-hander, however, yielded only four hits and two walks while striking out four. After getting off to a hot start upon his 2014 debut in mid-June, Worley has been pedestrian since August 13, posting a 4.81 ERA over his last six starts. On the season, he has a 3.18 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP and a 70/22 K/BB ratio. He'll have to take on the Red Sox at home on Tuesday when he toes the slab next.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Vance Worley racked up six strikeouts on Friday, but had to settle for a no-decision against the Cubs after allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits over his 4 2/3 innings.

Worley struggled with his command, issuing four walks on the afternoon. The Cubs struck for a pair of runs in the third inning, then tacked on a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Chris Valaika. Worley will look to get back in the win column when he takes on the Phillies on the road on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 5, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
2B1Neil Walker
2Sean Rodriguez
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Jung Ho Kang
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
2Jaff Decker
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Radhames Liz
6Arquimedes Caminero
7Rob Scahill
8Brandon Cumpton