Later today, we will post the first article this year covering the top performers from the previous week. It used to be called Top Performers, but late last year we changed the title to The Twenty. For those who don't know, here is an example of a The Twenty article. Simply put, we take a look at the top ten hitters and pitchers from the previous week, giving a review of their week and a scouting report on the players. The article usually involves a few writers from the site, and whenever possible, the person who saw them the most handles the recap.
The thing I like the most about the article is that it gives certain players recognition, who might not get much during the regular season besides a brief mention in the occasional Prospect Watch. As long as you were one of the best hitters ...
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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.