The Pirates are pinning their hopes on the young fastball pitcher, and Ian Snell responded in 2006 with a solid 14-11 record for a team that compiled a lousy 67-95 record.
Upon Further Review:
Ian Snell throws a 90-94 mph fastball, also throws a curve ball with the speed of a slider, and a changeup that’s disenabling to batters. His fastball is effective whether he throws it high or lower. He’s one of the top strikeout pitchers of the late-2000s.
In his first start of the season on April 3 2007 Ian Snell struck out 10 of the first 15 Astros batters he faced and rang up11 strikeouts in 6 innings, allowed 2 runs and was not the pitcher of record, Pittsburgh won 3-2.