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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2011 West Virginia Power Roster Announced

The West Virginia Power have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Elias Diaz, Kawika Emsley-Pai, Jairo Marquez Infielders: Eric Avila, Matt Curry, Justin Howard, Drew Maggi, Kevin Mort, Gift Ngoepe, Andy Vasquez Outfielders: Dan Grovatt, Rogelios Noris, Mel Rojas Jr Pitchers: Ryan Beckman, Colton Cain, Brandon Cumpton, Kevin...

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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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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Bradenton during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in Bradenton this year: The Prospects The Bradenton rotation at the start of the year won’t have any standout prospects.  None of the options that will be pitching in the rotation rank in the top 20 prospects in the system. There are a few...

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The 2009 Prep Pitchers Are Top NYPL Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2010 New York-Penn League today (scouting reports here for BA subscribers), and three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the list.  Those were Zach Von Rosenberg, who came in at number six, Colton Cain, who rated 10th, and Zack Dodson, who finished 17th. Dodson, ZVR, and Cain were the 4th, 6th, and 8th round picks respectively in the 2009 draft.  The Pirates paid a...

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