Zack Dodson

After pitching last season in West Virginia with good results, Zack Dodson seemed like a surprise returner to the Power roster this year. He did miss some time with a hand injury, but in his 13 starts for West Virginia the 2009 fourth round draft pick put up a 2.57 ERA with good control (15 walks in 64.1 IP), a .246 BAA and a strong 1.44 GO/AO ratio. Those numbers earned him a ranking just outside the Pirates Prospects top twenty in our 2012 Prospect Guide.

Dodson began this year with an average April -- he had a 4.50 ERA, but it came with decent strikeout rate. In the month of May and June things went south, with monthly ERA's over 6.00 and diminishing strikeout totals. Since the SAL All-Star break though, Dodson has turned things around, posting a 3.44 ERA with a much i...

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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.