If you looked up the phrase "pitch to contact" in the baseball dictionary you would likely see a picture of Aaron Pribanic. Before the game someone asked me about him in the press box and I said if he's on his game he will get a ton of groundballs, walk one, strikeout two and won't look impressive doing it. I was wrong on the last part, his start today was very impressive giving up just 5 hits and only one of them was hit hard. The amazing thing is he didn't getting a swinging miss until the 25th batter of the game chased a ball outside for strike three. Almost everything hit off him was a weak grounder to an infielder. In fact, two of the hits were very questionable ones that could've gone either way and another one hit between Brock Holt and Matt Curry looked like Curry froze on the ball, not knowing if he should get it or get back to first base to cover. The one walk he issued was an 8 pitch AB with some very weak foul balls mixed into it.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.