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Vance Worley | Relief Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Pirates designated RHP Vance Worley for assignment.
The move opens a roster spot for Joe Blanton, who was acquired from the Royals late Wednesday night. Worley, 27, had a 3.78 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 47/19 K/BB ratio in 69 innings (eight starts, 12 relief appearances) this season for the Pirates. He is sure to draw some interest on waivers. Jul 30 - 3:30 PM

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The Pirates will skip Vance Worley's next turn through the rotation.

With Charlie Morton (hip) due to back soon, Worley could be moving to the bullpen for good. Jeff Locke has apparently been chosen to keep his rotation spot over Worley.
May 17 - 11:41 AM

Vance Worley surrendered three runs (one earned) over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

Worley didn't look particularly good in this one. In the first inning, he walked Cesar Hernandez with the bases loaded to force in a run, and he allowed eight hits overall without striking out a batter. Worley will take a mediocre 4.38 ERA and 1.62 WHIP up against the Twins in his next start.
May 14 - 3:49 PM

Vance Worley allowed five earned runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Pirates.

Pittsburgh won in comeback fashion, with middle reliever Rob Scahill picking up the win. Worley was not sharp, yielding nine hits and three walks without registering a strikeout. He gets the Phillies next on the road.
May 9 - 9:48 PM

Vance Worley tossed six innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Sunday against the Cardinals.

Worley yielded just four hits and a walk while striking out five, and the only major blemish on his afternoon was a Matt Carpenter solo jack. But the Pirates' offense managed only two runs on 11 hits in the 14-inning loss at Busch Stadium. Worley will carry a 2-2 record, 3.90 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP into his next start against these same Cardinals. He only has fringe streamer value in standard fantasy leagues.
May 3 - 6:46 PM

Vance Worley took the loss on Monday against the Cubs, giving up four runs in six innings.

The Cubs did most of the damage with a three-run first inning, scoring once on an Anthony Rizzo double and twice on a Kris Bryant single. Overall, Worley yielded nine hits, walked one, and struck out three. The right-hander takes a 4.50 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and an 18/9 K/BB ratio over 24 innings into a road start against the Cardinals.
Apr 27 - 10:41 PM

Vance Worley limited the Cubs to one unearned run over 5 2/3 innings en route to a win on Wednesday.

It was a windy, snowy affair in Pittsburgh. Worley battled through it, working around six hits and two walks while striking out five. A fourth-inning error by Gregory Polanco on a Kris Bryant double allowed Bryant to move to third base. Bryant then scored on a ground out, accounting for the only run Worley yielded. Worley, 2-1, carries a 4.00 ERA and gets to face the Cubs again his next time out, this time at Wrigley Field.
Apr 22 - 10:40 PM

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

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 MLBTradeRumors.com 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

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LF1Starling Marte
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S1Gerrit Cole
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R1Mark Melancon
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4Jared Hughes
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