Interview with Jordy Mercer

Jordy Mercer was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2008 draft. After signing quickly, he went on to hit for a .250/.300/.349 line in 192 at-bats with Hickory. He spent the entire 2009 season in Lynchburg, hitting for a .255/.314/.400 line, with 10 homers in 513 at-bats. I had a chance to interview Jordy, and we discussed the draft, his defensive skills, and his plans going forward. Here is what he had to say:...

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Interview with Matt Hague

Matt Hague was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth round of the 2008 draft. He signed immediately, and was hot out of the gate, batting for a .322 average in his first half season. Hague carried that hitting success over to high A this year, batting .293 on the season, and helping to lead the Hillcats to the Carolina League title. I had a chance to interview Matt, the same day as his home run in the opening game against...

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Interview with Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Fresno State. After being selected, Justin led Fresno State to the NCAA National Championship, including a great performance in the final game where he allowed five hits in eight innings, leading Fresno State to a 6-1 win. Justin has been pitching for the Lynchburg Hillcats the entire 2009 season, his first in the pros. I interviewed...

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Interview with Bryan Morris

There’s no question that Bryan Morris is a talented pitcher. The Dodgers thought highly enough of him to select him in the first round of the 2006 draft. The Pirates thought highly enough of him to take him as a part of the return for Jason Bay, their best player at the time. The problem with Morris has been injury issues, and that has carried over in to his time with the Pirates. I interviewed Bryan last Thursday, before his...

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Interview with Rudy Owens

Rudy Owens has been phenomenal this season, easily a shoe in for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league pitcher of the year. He could also very well be the break out player of the year. Owens had a 4.97 ERA last year with State College, thanks to their innovative heavy fastball approach focused on fastball command. This season he put up a 1.70 ERA in West Virginia, followed by a 3.86 ERA in his limited time in Lynchburg. I...

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