Ryan Hafner – R/R, 6′ 6″, 205 lb
This 19 year old was the Pirates’ 17th round pick, coming out of high school in Missouri. He signed later, but still had time to get into two GCL games before the season ended. He pitched one inning in each, allowing 2 runs on 2 hit in the first, and just one hit but no runs in the second. His fastball can get up to 90 mph, but he needs to work on command, and on the curve. He should return to the GCL to begin the 2011 season, but he could move up to State College this year.
Kevin Kleis – R/R, 6′ 8″, 225 lb
Kleis is also 19, and he also made his pro debut in the GCL after being chosen in the 27th round. He made 4 starts and 5 relief appearances for the GCL Pirates. Like Archibald, Kleis’ first opportunities were out of the bullpen. He threw 8.2 total relief innings, and allowed only one eaned run on 9 hits for a 1.04 ERA. His first start went well — one hit in 3 scoreless innings of work. The next two were more of a problem, as he gave up 6 earned runs on 11 hits in 7 innings. He recovered to pitch 4 no-hit and no-run innings with one walk and 3 strikeouts in his final start on August 27th. Kleis came to pitching late in his high school career, and didn’t pitch a lot in his one junior college year either, but he probably got in enough work in the GCL last year to be able to move up to State College for 2011.
Bryton Trepagnier — R/R, 6′ 5″, 180 lb
Trepagnier is another 19 year old, who was chosen in the 41st round of the draft. He reported to the GCL, where he got into 11 games, with one start. Trepagnier’s second outing was disastrous — 6 runs on 6 hits in two-thirds of an inning. He had one other shaky appearance, when he suffered the loss by allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 2.1 innings. The rest of his appearances were reasonably good. In 16 innings over 9 games, he allowed only 2 earned runs, on 13 hits. He struck out 15 batters and allowed 7 walks over a total of 19 innings. Trepagnier should begin 2011 with State College.