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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Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

The first in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Starting Pitcher prospects in the full-season leagues.

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The View From the Booth: Joe Putnam

Starting this month, Pirates Prospects will be introducing a new feature to the site called “The View From the Booth”.  On the fourth Monday of every month, we will interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on that level of the system.  With the 2011 draft recently taking place, and new players entering the...

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Grading the Results from the Fastball Academy

Every pitcher must pitch off their fastball and you would think that reinforcing the location of it would be a first step for every organization. Most likely it is, but the Pirates have placed extra emphasis on it.

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