Comments on: Prospect Notebook: Zack Von Rosenberg Switches to a Two-Seam Fastball Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:08:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: supermarine Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:31:10 +0000 these two guys may “fail” but it’s interesting how sometimes the light bulb just seems to go on, usually, seemingly, all at once…. hope so for both as both were/are projectable
as for the long toss issue, would seem to be a great way for any player to increase arm strength imo, watched Alderson and Black long toss one morning at PC late in SPTing on the practice field closest to the cafeteria and at the urging of a few teammates Black launced one from the fence nearest the hitting cages over the opposite fence into the trees next to the road that runs to the golf course, estimate 330′ to 340′, pretty impressive arm strength for a guy with some arm injury issues prior to the Pirates allowing him to begin long tossing again, watched him in Altoona and he consistently long tossed as part of his program

By: Kerry Writtenhouse Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:28:54 +0000 Fortunately, prospects are given more than one opportunity to fail. If it were up to commenters here and elsewhere, they’d be out on their rear, the first time they struck out, or gave up a run or made an error. I’m not saying Huntington is a great GM, or Hurdle is a great manager, I’m sure there are better out there. But if this front office or any other front office made decisions the way fans did, half the 40 man roster would be elsewhere right now and half the ML roster would have been turned over after the first six games.

By: Lee Young Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:05:40 +0000 The next test for Hanson is to see how he does after failing.

Everyone fails….it’s what you do AFTER that failure is what makes you a man.

By: Lee Young Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:04:33 +0000 Andres…I agree. I think he goes either in the offseason or next year.
I think Alderson does, too.

Some projectables just don’t ‘project’.

Then there’s the Glasnows who do.



By: Andrew Smalley Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:16:13 +0000 IMO, Von Rosenberg is a lost cause. I thought that before reading this article, but some of the quotes from him almost sound as if he admits it: he just isn’t good enough to succeed at this level, let alone at higher levels.

The Bucs weren’t the only one wrong on him, however. As Tim points out, so was Baseball America. I think the strategy (lanky, projectable RHPs) is sound, but the execution in this instance was just off.

Good luck to ZVR, but I presume he is traded/released within a year (two at the most).