The Pirates drafted Maurice Bankston in the 8th round of the 2007 draft out of Texarkana Community College. The 6' 4" righty signed early enough to get in some innings in the GCL. In 2008 he was a starting pitcher at State College before an injury shut him down in early August. He started the 2009 season with West Virginia and pitched better than the previous season but was sent back to State College once their season started where he started nine games before again getting hurt.
The Pirates switched Maurice to the bullpen in 2010 with improved results across the board. He showed a more consistent fastball with more velocity. Still just 23 years old to start the 2011 season he has a chance to keep building on his improvements from last year as he goes higher up in the system...
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