Interview with Phillip Irwin

The Pirates drafted Phillip Irwin in the 21st round of the 2009 draft out of Mississippi.  Irwin signed quickly, and pitched in 29.2 innings in short season A-ball, putting up a 2.12 ERA, along with a 9.7 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 ratio.  He made his full-season debut in West Virginia in 2010, continuing his impressive numbers with a 3.35 ERA in 113 innings, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9 ratio.  He was moved to Bradenton for the...

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Interview with Brock Holt

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Brock Holt in the ninth round of the 2009 draft, selecting the middle infielder out of Rice University.  Holt played second base at Rice, due to Rick Hague playing shortstop, although he has spent most of his time with the Pirates working at short, especially during the 2009 season. After signing in 2009, Holt went on to put up a .299/.361/.449 line in 285 plate-appearances in the New York-Penn League....

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Interview with Evan Chambers

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Evan Chambers in the third round of the 2009 draft, and signed him almost immediately.  His stat line during the first two seasons has been very interesting.  His .241 batting average has been low, and his 31.5% strikeout rate is high, neither of which is a good thing.  However, he has an extremely high 18.4% walk rate, along with decent power and speed.  In his first full pro season in 2010 he hit 12...

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Interview with Victor Black

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Victor Black in the 2009 draft with the 49th overall selection.  Black came in to the draft rated as the number 50 prospect by Baseball America, profiling as a future back of the bullpen option.  After an injury filled 2010 season, the Pirates announced that they were moving Black to the bullpen for the 2011 season.  Black has a 91-95 MPH fastball which can go higher in relief appearances.  He currently...

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Interview with Jason Townsend

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jason Townsend in the 31st round of the 2010 MLB draft, selecting him as a junior from the University of Alabama.  Townsend went to State College, where he served as the closer for the Spikes.  He works with a mid-90s fastball, and was recently named by Baseball America as being the best late round pick for the Pirates in the 2010 draft.  John Dreker of Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to sit down...

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