Grading the Results from the Fastball Academy

Every pitcher must pitch off their fastball and you would think that reinforcing the location of it would be a first step for every organization. Most likely it is, but the Pirates have placed extra emphasis on it.

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Interview with Jeff Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money and high draft picks the last few years on pitching, especially young prep pitchers.  A lot of those prep pitchers are pitching in West Virginia this year, giving West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson one of the most important assignments in the organization.  I spoke with Johnson at the West Virginia media day prior to the start of the 2011 season.  Note that this interview...

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Pirates Prospects on Extra Innings: 4/15

Yesterday I recorded two segments with David Todd of Extra Innings on 104.7 FM.  The first interview is scheduled to run tonight on the post game show, and again on Sunday night.  You can listen to a live stream here. We discussed some of the early results of the minor league season, focusing on Zack Von Rosenberg, Colton Cain, Jeffrey Inman, Alex Presley, and Quincy Latimore.  We also recorded a segment on the draft, and my trip to...

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Five Things That Need to Continue

It is way too early to be talking about any trends, hot starts, numbers, or anything else from the minor league season, which only started on Thursday.  Some players have gotten off to hot starts, some players have gotten off to cold starts.  Some pitchers had great outings, some pitchers had bad outings, and some pitchers haven’t even pitched yet.  Any analysis of a player’s 2011 numbers is far too premature. There are...

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2011 West Virginia Power Roster Announced

The West Virginia Power have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Elias Diaz, Kawika Emsley-Pai, Jairo Marquez Infielders: Eric Avila, Matt Curry, Justin Howard, Drew Maggi, Kevin Mort, Gift Ngoepe, Andy Vasquez Outfielders: Dan Grovatt, Rogelios Noris, Mel Rojas Jr Pitchers: Ryan Beckman, Colton Cain, Brandon Cumpton, Kevin...

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