Joely Rodriguez looks to get on track tonight in his third start

Prospect Highlights: Pitching From Joely Rodriguez and Nick Hutchings

Joely Rodriguez retired 11 straight batters to end his outing on Thursday night, with the final out shown in the video below. Rodriguez finished the game with one hit and one run allowed over seven innings. His first taste of AA has been a bit disappointing, with a high BAA and a low strikeout rate. The Pirates have had 26 minor league pitchers throw at least 45 innings this year and Rodriguez’s 4.6 SO/9 is the lowest rate of the group. He has had some rough outings, so his showing this week is good to see from the young lefty. The jump to AA is a big one in the minors, so the struggles aren’t surprising, but Rodriguez was added to the 40-man roster this year. That means he could run into trouble with options if he takes too long to develop. With more outings like Thursday night, that won’t be a problem.

Since the video above isn’t much, here is a video of Rodriguez from Spring Training

The second player featured today is GCL pitcher Nick Hutchings. The 18-year-old righty from Australia made his second start as a pro on Friday. He went five innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, both of which were unearned. Hutchings was signed in November 2012 and pitched in the Australian Baseball League that Winter, despite being just 16 years old at the time. The Pirates were one of five teams scouting him at the time he was signed and Hutchings had an impressive amateur career in Australia. The video below is courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page.

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John Dreker

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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  • Dom DiDominic

    Thanks for the video’s. Nice work, as usual. I know that no one has asked about this guy, but he is finally back!

    Blessed to say I get back out on the field Monday! 4 months of hard work and rehab up to this point! I've learned a lot through all of this!— Austin Meadows (@austin_meadows) June 28, 2014

    • leadoff

      Austin must have had some serious problems, don’t think any pulled muscle is going to take that long to fix.

      • John Dreker

        He injured it twice. Once in early March, then re-injured it a month or so later and they slowed up his return

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