6. Matt Foust, RHP, Nebraska
- Foust, despite being a college junior, had thrown only 12.2 innings for the 'Huskers before the 2007 season. Foust redshirted in 2004 following shoulder surgery, but barely took the field in '05 and '06 due to poor conditioning. Foust got himself in shape prior to the 2007 season, dropping 20 pounds to a more reasonable 225 on his 6-3 frame. Foust throws an 90-94 MPH fastball as well as a hard slider that sits in the mid-80's. Foust's fastball is described as "true" (meaning it's fairly straight) and PG Crosschecker notes that Foust's slider can flatten out when he drops his elbow lower than normal from his three-quarters delivery. Foust is said to project better as a reliever. Foust posted a 4.02 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 32 walks in 65 innings.
7. Juan Garcia, C, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
- Garcia is abnormally fast for a catcher (6.5 in the 60-yard dash, 4.1 seconds down the first base line, according to PG Crosschecker.) Garcia uses that athletici...
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.