2011 Prospect Watching: Ramos, Baca, Sadler, And Ennis

Casey Sadler  –  R/R,  6′ 4″,  200 lb
The Pirates chose Sadler in the 25th round of the 2010 draft.  He reported to State College, where he made one start and 11 relief appearances.  The start came in late July, and he pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits.  Sadler made 7 of his relief appearances in July, and he threw 16 innings that month, with 4 earned runs and 18 hits, for a 3-0 record and a 2.25 ERA.  He walked just 2 and struck out 13 batters.  He dropped down to just 8 innings of work in August, in 5 games. Two of those were good, with no earned runs in 4 innings, but in the other three appearances (4 innings), he gave up 4 runs and 6 hits.  Overall, Sadler had a 3.00 ERA and 24 innings for the season — he had pitched 74 innings in his college season, so he might have been held back in his innings at State College.  There were 6 walks and 21 strikeouts in those 24 innings.  Sadler has a fastball around the low 90’s, as well as a curve and a cutter.  He is another reliever ready for the West Virginia bullpen.  Sadler will turn 21 in July.

Justin Ennis  —  L/L,  6′ 1″,  210 lb
Ennis, who will turn 23 at the end of April, was taken in the 33rd round of the 2010 draft.  He started his pro career at State College, where he got into 19 games, all in relief.  He pitched 27.2 innings, and earned a 2-2 record and a 5.53 ERA.  He allowed 36 hits and 17 earned runs, with only 4 walks and 22 strikeouts (7.2 K/ 9 innings).  He was promoted to West Virginia for 3 games at the end of the season.  One was a solid appearance, going 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing 2 hits and a walk with 3 strikeouts.  One was medium — one run on 5 hits in 3 innings.  One was rough — 3 runs on 3 hits in 1.1 innings.  Batters hit .400 against him in those three games.  Ennis could return to State College for 2010, or be in the competition for a spot in the West Virginia bullpen.  


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Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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