Zack Von Rosenberg Joins West Virginia

Pittsburgh Pirates 2009 sixth round pick Zack Von Rosenberg has been added to the West Virginia roster today. Von Rosenberg had been in extended Spring Training working on his fastball command, with a specific focus of keeping the ball down. The right-hander was hit hard last season in West Virginia, with a 5.73 ERA in 125.2 innings, along with a 1.4 HR/9 ratio. He had better numbers in the second half of the season, although that was...

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Roster and Injury Updates: McPherson, Allie, ZVR, Loree, Crotta

Updates on Kyle McPherson, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Mike Loree.

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2012 West Virginia Power Season Preview

The 2012 West Virginia Power will feature one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system this year, with a lot of high upside prospects at the level. The team will open with three top ten prospects in Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, and Nick Kingham. High upside guys like Jose Osuna, Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia, Gregory Polanco, Ryan Hafner, Zack Dodson, and Zack Von Rosenberg will also be on...

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Reviewing the Progress of the 2009 Prep Pitchers

My process for evaluating players out of high school is simple. I don’t really start grading players heavily until what would have been their junior year of college. There are exceptions to this rule, such as the obvious highly touted Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell type players. But for the most part, I don’t like penalizing a player because he turned pro out of high school and struggled his first two years, rather than...

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Prospect Notebook: ZVR Hit Hard, Latimore Hoping For Walks

For the first half of the 2011 season, Zack Von Rosenberg was hit hard in West Virginia. The 2009 6th round draft pick turned things around in the second half, mostly focusing on pitching off his curveball, setting up more favorable counts to boost his confidence when it came time to throw his fastball. This spring the right-hander has moved the focus back to commanding his fastball, and the results have been similar to the first half...

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