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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Five Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Rankings

In preparation for the 2011 minor league season, Baseball America released their position by position rankings in the minors.  Several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the lists. -Tony Sanchez was the fourth best catcher, falling behind Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez, and Travis d’Arnaud. -Starling Marte was the eighth best center fielder. -Jameson Taillon was the third best right handed pitcher.  He only fell behind Jeremy...

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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in West Virginia during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in West Virginia this year.  Figuring out the starting rotation in West Virginia could be tricky.  The Pirates have a ton of possibilities from the drafts over the last few years.  There’s the 2009 prep pitchers, the prep pitchers at...

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Stetson Allie Video From Today at Pirate City

Today Stetson Allie pitched at Pirate City, working in an inter-squad, simulated game.  Allie rotated with Bryton Trepagnier, with both throwing about two innings each.  I’ll have video of Trepagnier later, and Allie’s video is below. Allie’s control was horrible, nearly hitting a few batters, including Willy Garcia twice in a row.  He was hit pretty hard at first, with Garcia lining a triple down the first base...

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Report from Pirate City – 3/18

The Pirates’ minor leaguers today went up against Toronto’s in two class A level exhibition games.  (The level designations mean little at this stage, as players haven’t gotten their assignments yet and much of the AAA teams are still in major league camp, forcing a lot of temporary upward movement.)  The main attraction was the Pirates’ hard-throwing 2010 second round draft pick, Stetson Allie, who started the...

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