A couple years back, I took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitchers and their tendencies of pitching inside, specifically all the hit batters. From the lowest level of the minors to the top, they teach their pitchers to own the inside of the plate and if you happen to hit some batters in the process, that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's part of the learning process. The Pirates want their pitchers to be aggressive with the hitters. Don't try to hit the outside corner over and over with two strikes, keep the ball inside and down, getting quick out with ground balls, allowing the pitchers to be more efficient with their pitch counts and stay in games longer.
Robby Rowland hit 17 batters this year
While doing the recap for the Dominican Summer League, I was able to talk to a couple players and they told me what I already knew, but it was good to hear it from them. They are taught down in the Dominican, where some pitchers are as young as 16-years-old when they sta...
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.