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Pirates Sign Two Players Out of Independent Ball

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Pirates Sign Two Players Out of Independent Ball
John Dreker

According to the United Shores Professional Baseball League (USPBL), the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Andrew Potter. He was originally drafted out of high school in 2012, taken in the 31st round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Potter played four seasons for Arizona and had very poor stats at the lower levels. Part of his stats can be blamed on the Pioneer League, where the average pitcher had an ERA just under 5.00 during his two seasons in the league. In his four seasons of short-season ball,  Potter had a 6.04 ERA and a 1.63 WHIP in 140 innings, covering ten starts and 46 relief appearances. He walked 71 batters and picked up 120 strikeouts.

Potter pitched in the Frontier League at the beginning of 2016 and got hit really hard, posting a 10.59 ERA in...

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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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