Analysis

Pirates From Down Under

Pirates From Down Under

Back on April 2, 2009 the Pirates started their foray into a new territory, signing an amateur player from Australia named Mitchell Fienemann. Before they signed Fienemann, they signed Tony Harris as a scout, and his specialty is Australia. He has coached there since 1992, including this past off-season, managing the Australian Baseball League (ABL) team the Adelaide Bite, which featured Pirates farmhands Wilson Lee, Jackson Lodge and Quincy Latimore.

Lee threw 5 strong innings his last outing.

Harris has now been responsible for five players from Australia signing since he joined the organization. So just how has this new venture into the outback looked so far early on?

Mitchell Fienemann - Now 21 years old, the 6' 4" RHP has been used as the closer for State College this year, his 3rd season in the organization. He was fairly impressive his first year in the GCL posting a 3.79 ERA and walking just 3 batters in 40.1 IP.

His control seems to be his strong point but he hasn'...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

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.

More in Analysis

Adrian Sampson

How Adrian Sampson Went From Rotation Depth to a Trade Chip

Ryan PalencerAugust 1, 2015
Tyler Glasnow 3

Don’t Expect Tyler Glasnow in the Majors This Year

Tim WilliamsJuly 27, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Pirates Continue to Roll, Led By More Strong Pitching

Sean McCoolJuly 26, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

Middle Relief Problems Continue For Pirates in Loss

Pete EllisJuly 26, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

How Will Aramis Ramirez Shake Up the Pirates Lineup?

Pete EllisJuly 25, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

The Backup Plan For Antonio Bastardo

Ryan PalencerJuly 25, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects