PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. --Right-hander Kyle McPherson had a huge 2011 season in the minor leagues with a list of accomplishments to prove it. The 24 year old right hander was named the Pirates Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year as well as being named the Double-A Altoona Curve Pitcher of the Year.
McPherson went a combined 12-6 with a 2.96 ERA with 142 strikeouts in 28 starts between High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona in 2011.
The right-hander finished with an organization leading 142 strikeouts, which was most by a Pirates minor leaguer since 2006. McPherson also finished second with 12 wins and third with a 2.96 ERA behind State College Spikes Nicholas Kingham (2.15) and Bradenton Marauders Brett Lorin (2.84). In 16 starts with Altoona, he went 8-5 with a 3.02 ERA, including a 4-1 mark and a 2.60 ERA in his first full month in Double-A in July.
In his second-to-last start with the Marauders, before being promoted to Double-A, McPherson took a no-hitter into t...