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Despite Early Setback, Scooter Hightower has Put Together an Impressive Season

Scooter Hightower leads the NYPL in innings pitched and WHIP. Photo Credit: Wilbur Miller
Despite Early Setback, Scooter Hightower has Put Together an Impressive Season
John Dreker

On Monday night in Morgantown, Scooter Hightower pitched a brilliant eight inning shutout against Mahoning Valley. That's a long way from where he was just four months ago.

Near the end of Spring Training, Hightower suffered an oblique injury. That kept him completely out of action for six weeks, in which he said he never even picked up a baseball. He didn't get into an Extended Spring Training game until May and by the time the Morgantown season started on June 19th, Hightower had not even pitched a five inning game to get ready for the season. Yet two months later, he is now on a string of four starts in which he has allowed one run over 28 innings.

Hightower was being used as a reliever during Extended Spring Training, transitioning late into the starter role. His season debut was...

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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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