Snell remains in rotation … for now


Despite last night’s brief, brutal outing, right-hander Ian Snell remains in the starting rotation — for one more start, at least.

GM Neal Huntington is pleased with the work Snell puts in with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan, and believes he has the stuff to succeed in the majors as a starter.

“The thing with Ian is, he shows the positive flashes,” Huntington said. “He’s working hard in the bullpen (between starts). He’s doing a lot of the things Joe’s asking him to do. He’s been able to make some adjustments; it’s just applying them consistently. At some point in time, the flashes aren’t enough.”

Snell is frustrated by his game-day flops — the high pitch counts, the walks, the eight losses and sky-high ERA. He said the problem is physical — too many changes in his mechanics under three different pitching coaches — as well as mental.

“It’s a matter of keeping too much information out of my brain, thinking too much,” Snell said. “We (have) a game plan and it’s going through my head, like, ‘I’ve got to throw this here and that there,’ instead of just blocking it out and pitching the ball. I’m going to have to deal with it.”

More on this in tomorrow’s Trib.

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• Bob Miscik, a Mt. Pleasant native, was chosen as one of the coaches for Team USA in the 2009 Futures Game during All-Star week. Miscik is manager of the Huntsville Stars, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Double-A affiliate. He played in the Pirates’ minor league system from 1980-86.

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• Infielder Calvin Anderson, the 12th-round draft pick last year, drove in the winning run Tuesday in the low Class A South Atlantic League all-star game. Anderson also went deep 13 times to win the league’s home-run derby.

• The New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians appear to have dropped out of the running for Dominican phenom Miguel Sano. The Pirates and Twins are considered the frontrunners among a field of 8 to 10 possible suitors. Dominican players may begin signing with major league teams July 2.