McPherson was a surprise addition to the 40-man this off-season.
When the Pittsburgh Pirates added right handed pitcher Kyle McPherson to the 40-man roster this past off-season, it was seen as a surprise. McPherson was coming off a strong season in low-A, in which he posted a 3.59 ERA in 117.2 innings, along with a 124:31 K/BB ratio. His strikeout rate was the best in the organization among starting pitchers. The surprise was due to McPherson's low level, as he had only four innings above low-A ball.
So far this season, McPherson has been excellent. He was great in Bradenton, with a 2.89 ERA in 71.2 innings, along with a very impressive 60:6 K/BB ratio. He has since been promoted to Altoona, where he has a 3.26 ERA in 38.2 innings, and a 37:10 K/BB ratio. That includes his start last night, in which he allowed one run in six innings, with six strikeouts and no walks. Terry Mathews of Pirates Prospects saw McPherson earlier in the year, noting that he was throwing 92-94 MPH...
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