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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Keith Law’s Top 10 Pirates Prospects

Along with his top 100 prospect list, Keith Law has released his top ten prospects for each team. The list for the Pittsburgh Pirates starts out in the exact order as order in the top 100 list. Gerrit Cole comes in first, followed in order by Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Starling Marte, and Robbie Grossman. Luis Heredia, who was on Law’s list of players who just missed the top 100, came in sixth. The next player was Kyle...

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West Virginia Power Player Reports 8/26/11

West Virginia beat Lexington 7-5 tonight, thanks to a big four run fifth inning.  Zack Dodson made the start, and was followed up by Orlando Castro and Casey Sadler.  Here are my notes from the game. Zack Dodson Dodson threw four innings tonight, giving up three runs on four hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  He was mostly sitting in the 88-90 MPH range, although he fell to the 86-88 range in the fourth inning.  Dodson started off...

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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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Daily Prospect Profile: Zack Dodson

The 2011 season hasn’t been the best year for some of the pitchers taken in the 2009 draft class.  Sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg, who signed for $1.2 M, has a 6.58 ERA in 94.1 innings this year, and has been hit hard pretty consistently.  Seventh round pick Trent Stevenson, who signed for $350 K, has also been hit hard, with a 6.93 ERA in 49.1 innings in West Virginia, before being demoted to State College.  Victor Black,...

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