Is This Pitcher the Next Jared Hughes?

Is This Pitcher the Next Jared Hughes?

When the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mark Appel broke off negotiations prior to the 2012 draft deadline, the Pirates were left with a lot of bonus money to spend. They went with signability picks in rounds 6-10, saving bonus pool money to try to go over-slot for the first rounder. After the negotiations broke down, the Pirates gave that money to three middle round picks. One of those picks was a right-handed pitcher out of Ohio State named John Kuchno.

You've probably heard of Kuchno if you've been following the site. He's been in our top 50 prospects list the last two years, and almost cracked the top 30 heading into this season. He's a tall pitcher who does one thing exceptionally well -- he gets ground balls.

Even in a system that prioritizes ground ball pitchers, Kuchno is well above ...

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