The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money on over-slot players over the last few years, but one of the most interesting low-key additions has been Zac Fuesser. Fuesser was drafted in the 34th round out of Walters State Community College, and signed for $125 K, which is a lot for a guy picked that late in the draft. The left hander works in the 86-91 MPH range with his fastball, and also throws a curveball and a changeup.
In 2009, he pitched in the GCL, with a 1.26 ERA in 14.1 innings, along with a 12:10 K/BB ratio. The walks were an issue in 2010, as he moved to State College, posting a 3.64 ERA in 54.1 innings, along with a 47:27 K/BB ratio. However, he cut down on the walks towards the end of the year, with just 11 in his final 27.1 innings, after 16 in his first 27 innings. He also spent a lot of time in the rotation, and got a lot of innings in a staff that included Zack Von Rosenberg, Zack Dodson, and Colton Cain.
Fuesser moved up to West Virginia with the rest o...
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