While talking about the starting pitchers for Morgantown nightly in the Prospect Watch and daily in the Morning Report, I noticed a lot of them have some very low walk totals. After last night's game, I looked up the stats to see how they were doing compared to the rest of New York-Penn League, which is usually a very kind league to pitchers.
The Black Bears have issued 111 walks as a team this season. The worst team in the 14-team league has walked 228 batters, or more than twice as many as Morgantown. The second best team at limiting walks has issued 158 free passes, an average of close to one more walk per game than Morgantown. Limiting those walks has helped the Black Bears to the second best team ERA in the league (3.08) and their 1.14 WHIP is 0.01 behind the league leader.
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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.