The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted left-hander Ike Schlabach in the 19th round of the 2015 draft. He was an 18-year-old prep pitcher out of Texas, with a projectable 6'5" frame. He pitched briefly in the Gulf Coast League in 2015, then moved to Bristol last year and Morgantown this year, where he was the youngest player on the team by six months, and the youngest pitcher by nearly a full year. He's still at the point where he's considered a projectable young pitcher, but he took big steps forward this season.
Schlabach took the normal path the Pirates have set for prep pitchers during his first two seasons. He made four starts in the GCL during his first season, then went to Bristol during his first full year in the system. We don't put too much weight into rookie league stats unless they a...
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