Back on February 27th during a spring training game the Pirates surprised some people bringing Ryan Beckman into a major league game. Prior to this season he had spent just two years in short-season ball so he was pretty far down on the list of pitchers that you would expect to see. Just two days into spring games and with a full camp roster of guys on the 40 man roster and a ton of non-roster invitees it took an injury and a pitcher reaching his pitch count too soon to get him into the game and he retired all five batters he faced. Following the game we interviewed Ryan which can be read here.

Since this season started Ryan has been moved to the closing role full time after getting just three saves his first two seasons. He has also moved up to Bradenton and performed well, pitching fo...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.