When the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted John Sever in the 20th round this year, it didn't get much attention. He is a 6'5" lefty that can get it into the 90's with his fastball, so that obviously warrants some attention, but being drafted so low and not requiring a big bonus, he got lost in the shuffle. He also had some control issues this year, wasn't rated high and the scouting reports said he needed work on his secondary pitches. That being said, the numbers that he has put up this year at Bristol are off the charts.
Sever has made 12 appearances out of the bullpen, though he has developed into more of a piggyback starter recently, seeing as many as 5.1 innings in his last outing and reaching three innings in each of his last four appearances. He has thrown a total of 26.2 innings and h...
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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.