Jonathan Broxton toed the rubber and delivered another blazing fastball. It was thigh height, inner part of the plate, touching 97 miles per hour as it left his hand. Lastings Milledge took a powerful swing, hoping to send the hurtling sphere right back to its source. He fouled the ball off to the right, evening the count at 2-2. Milledge stepped out of the box and regrouped. Right before returning to his stance, he took two focused practice swings. The cuts were short, on a 45-degree angle toward the dirt. You could almost see Milledge telling himself, "Swing through the ball, not around it." He returned to the box. Once again, Broxton came set. His next pitch was in the same exact location, this time registering at 98 miles per hour. Milledge took a controlled swing and lined the ball in...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.