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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, h...

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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.

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