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Four Relievers in Altoona Who Could Eventually Pitch in Pittsburgh

John Kuchno has a similar upside to Jared Hughes, with one of the best ground ball rates in the game.
Four Relievers in Altoona Who Could Eventually Pitch in Pittsburgh
Sean McCool

The jump from Single-A to Double-A is commonly known as the most difficult move in minor league baseball, for both pitchers and hitters. From a pitchers’ standpoint, batters are more likely to lay off of balls outside of the strike zone. If you are a pitcher that is used to inducing swings and misses on breaking balls outside of the zone in Single-A, there is a good chance that you will need to begin working more around the strike zone to induce those same swings in Double-A.

Typically, starting pitcher prospects are able to develop at least three pitches and up to five. For that first time going through a lineup, starters will often rely on their fastball command and one or two put out pitches. The more often a batter sees a pitcher in an outing, though, the more capable the batter is ...

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Sean McCool

Sean joined Pirates Prospects before the 2015 season began, covering the Altoona Curve. During the day, he is a marketing professional for Penn Highlands Community College in Johnstown, PA. Sean also dabbles with the guitar, emcees weddings, and plays disc golf.

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