Tonight, Buddy Borden had another good start with West Virginia, continuing an impressive run lately for the right-handed pitcher. Borden has been dominating since the start of July, looking like a pitcher with a lot of upside. The dominant results have quietly been hidden in a season that looks good, but not great.
The same situation exists for Luis Heredia and Cody Dickson. Neither player has strong overall numbers this year. However, when you look at what they've done recently, you'll see that both pitchers have shown improvements as the season has gone along, and those improvements have been hidden inside the overall numbers.
This is always something you want to see, with minor leaguers showing positive trends. When it comes to West Virginia, this isn't a new story. Over the last two years we've seen several pitchers who have finished the season in a much better way than how they started the season. The second half improvements have been much like what we're seeing this year ...
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