Looking at two more pitching prospects today....

Donnie Veal came to the Pirates as a Rule 5 Draft pick in December 2008. �He had been the Cubs' 2nd round draft pick in 2005, and had climbed as high as the AA level in their organization, but ran into difficulties with his mechanics and subsequently his control. �Veal had to be kept on the Pirates' major league roster for all of the 2009 season (or else be sent back to the Cubs), and it must have been a frustrating season for him. �He did begin the 2009 season in the Pirates' bullpen, but made only 5 relief appearances over April and May. �Veal was placed on the Disabled List with a groin strain at the end of May, which enabled him to make some "rehab" starts in the minor leagues. �He reported to the Indy Indians on June 8th, and over the next month, the Mississippi native made one start and 8 relief appearances. �He accumulated 14 innings with the Indians, but continued to struggle with his control. �In those 9 games, he allowed 16 walks and 6 hits, for 10 runs and a 6.43 ERA. �He also struck out 13 batters. �Veal continued to see occasional action with the Pirates upon his return, but then he sprained his left index finger, and went onto the Disabled List again. �This time, his rehab time was spent in Altoona, from August 18th to .

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