Interview With 30th Round Pick Matt Benedict

Matt Benedict was drafted in the 30th round of the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Benedict, a right handed pitcher, was a senior out of Western Carolina University, and signed quickly after the draft with the Pirates.  He was placed in the State College rotation, where he made the start for the home opener.  Benedict did well in his pro debut, pitching three perfect innings with two strikeouts.  He followed that up with...

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Interview With 33rd Round Pick Chris Lashmet

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Chris Lashmet in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft.  Lashmet, taken as a third baseman, was a senior out of Northwestern University.  He had a strong bat, with a .353/.409/.495 line in 190 at-bats in 2011.  Lashmet reported to State College, where he has played mostly first base.  I met up with Chris while I was in State College, and asked him about being drafted, and his first impression of the pros. 1....

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Interview With 22nd Round Pick Mike Jefferson

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted left handed pitcher Mike Jefferson in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft.  Jefferson was a college senior out of Louisiana Tech University, where he was the ace of the pitching staff in 2011.  He was coming off a season where he posted a 3.56 ERA in 86 innings, along with a 70:46 K/BB ratio.  He throws 90-91 MPH, and reportedly has a good curveball.  Jefferson was drafted in the 46th round by the Mets in...

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Pirates Prospects Interview with Matt Curry

Pirates Prospects was able to procure an interview with Curry, who was kind enough to complete the e-interview while riding the bus from West Virginia to Augusta.

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Interview with Jim Benedict: Part Two

Yesterday I posted the first part of my interview with Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Pitching Coordinator Jim Benedict.  Part one focused on his job duties as a pitching coordinator, as well as some of the philosophies in the Pirates’ system.  Part two will focus more on individual players.  As I mentioned in part one, this interview was conducted near the end of Spring Training, so some parts of the questions and answers will...

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