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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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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Pirates Prospects on Extra Innings: 4/15

Yesterday I recorded two segments with David Todd of Extra Innings on 104.7 FM.  The first interview is scheduled to run tonight on the post game show, and again on Sunday night.  You can listen to a live stream here. We discussed some of the early results of the minor league season, focusing on Zack Von Rosenberg, Colton Cain, Jeffrey Inman, Alex Presley, and Quincy Latimore.  We also recorded a segment on the draft, and my trip to...

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The Progress of the Prep Players

Let’s take a look at two prep players from the 2008 draft: Career Numbers Player A – 4.95 ERA in 132.2 career innings.  5.8 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 ratios. Player B – 4.14 ERA in 215.1 career innings.  6.6 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 0.5 HR/9 ratios. 2011 Numbers Player A – 27.00 ERA in 3.1 innings. 8.1 K/9, 5.4 BB/9, 0.0 HR/9 ratios. Player B – 2.55 ERA in 49.1 innings.  8.9 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 ratios. In each...

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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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