A few days back, I listed all of the hitters for the Pittsburgh Pirates who were among the top ten leaders in their league in selected offensive categories. I was going to cover the pitching side the following morning, but we got word of Nick Kingham's season debut and that became the Morning Report topic. So now seems like a good time to look at the pitchers among the leaders in their leagues in innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts and WHIP. Since it's a smaller list than the hitters, I'll go to 20 spots and throw in some notes about where other pitchers fall among the leaders in their league.
Tyler Eppler is tenth in the International League in ERA with a 2.36 mark. Steven Brault ranks 18th with a 3.19 ERA and Clay Holmes is 20th with a 3.39 mark.
Eppler is fifth with a...
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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.