It seems like every night when I write up the daily minor league schedule I am writing about a great walk to strikeout ratio with at least one of the Pirates pitching prospects. The system is filled with guys who have a 3:1 SO/BB ratio yet the strikeout totals for the most part aren't that great so that ratio obviously doesn't tell the whole story. It is no secret the Pirates have their minor league pitchers work on fastball command but they also want these kids working the inside of the plate, not necessarily hitting batters but making sure they own the inside when they pitch.

Too many times over the years we have seen Pirates pitchers in the majors afraid to work inside and not attack hitters when they have two strikes, trying to get hitters to chase something outside over and over. I...

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