Prospect Notebook: Strong Outings for Dodson, Fuesser

The A-ball games at Pirate City today featured two left-handers who put up strong numbers in A-ball last year. Zack Dodson and Zac Fuesser took the mound on opposite fields, taking on the New York Yankees’ A-ball teams. Both southpaws threw three innings, and the results in each game were strong. Dodson allowed just two hits in three shutout innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. He was sitting 91-93 MPH with his fastball....

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Zack Von Rosenberg, West Virginia Lose No Hitter in 9th

The West Virginia Power came one out away from their second no hitter in franchise history, when Zack Von Rosenberg and Zac Fuesser took a no hitter in to the ninth inning against the Delmarva Shorebirds.  Von Rosenberg led the outing with his best start of the year, throwing six perfect innings with six strikeouts.  It was the fifth time this year that Von Rosenberg has gone five or more shutout innings, with three of those outings...

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Developing Pitchers, Not Throwers

It seems like every night when I write up the daily minor league schedule I am writing about a great walk to strikeout ratio with at least one of the Pirates pitching prospects. The system is filled with guys who have a 3:1 SO/BB ratio yet the strikeout totals for the most part aren’t that great so that ratio obviously doesn’t tell the whole story. It is no secret the Pirates have their minor league pitchers work on...

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West Virginia Power 8/4 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the last of three reports on the minor league teams. Also See: State College 7/31, Altoona 8/2 Thursday August 4 — West Virginia Power Before I talk about individual players (which I usually find more interesting in the minor...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Zac Fuesser

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money on over-slot players over the last few years, but one of the most interesting low-key additions has been Zac Fuesser.  Fuesser was drafted in the 34th round out of Walters State Community College, and signed for $125 K, which is a lot for a guy picked that late in the draft.  The left hander works in the 86-91 MPH range with his fastball, and also throws a curveball and a changeup. In...

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