Zack Von Rosenberg vs Colton Cain

The 2009 draft saw two big bonuses awarded to high school pitchers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  One bonus was for $1.2 M, going to sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg.  The other bonus was $1.15 M, going to 8th round pick Colton Cain.  The two pitchers are very different in many ways. To start with, there’s the fact that Von Rosenberg is a right hander, while Cain is a left hander.  That’s the simple difference.  Then...

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Young Prospects Require Patience

I’ve always had a certain approach when it came to evaluating prospects out of high school.  Too often, you see them evaluated by fans with the same expectations you see given to college players.  If a prospect isn’t above the high-A level three years after he’s drafted, it’s seen as a disappointment.  If the prospect struggles at all, people want to write him off.  In rare cases, such as most first rounders,...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Zack Von Rosenberg

One of the bigger disappointments in the minors this year has been Zack Von Rosenberg, and his struggles in his first year in full season ball.  Von Rosenberg is way too young to assume his poor numbers represent anything more than growing pains.  However, the 6′ 5″, 205 pound right hander has definitely experienced his share of struggles this year, with a 6.65 ERA in 89.1 innings, fueled mostly by 17 home runs. I’ve...

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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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Von Rosenberg Exits Early in 12-5 Loss

I stayed around an extra day to see Zack Von Rosenberg pitch.  I also found out yesterday that I’d be seeing Brooks Pounders at some point today.  Neither plan worked out.  Von Rosenberg lasted less than an inning, allowing seven runs in 0.2 innings.  That brought Pounders on early.  Unfortunately, after warming up, the right hander was ruled ineligible. Pounders was originally supposed to start a suspension tonight, but West...

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