In Australia today, Zac Fuesser threw six innings in his team’s 4-2 loss. Fuesser allowed all four runs, three were earned, while giving up seven hits, two walks and he struck out seven batters. He threw 102 pitches on the night, 67 were for strikes. He is scheduled to appear in Sunday’s ABL All-Star game. Fuesser has a 2-2, 4.02 record, with a 1.37 WHIP, 1.76 GO/AO ratio and 29 strikeouts in 31.1 innings.
Two Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch and Justin Howard. Both had quiet nights, going a combined 0-for-7, with Welch reaching base once via walk. For Howard, who struck out three times, it was a stark contrast to his performance last week when he was named ABL Player of the Week.
In Puerto Rico last night, Benji Gonzalez came in during the ninth inning as a pinch-runner. He was thrown out attempting to steal second base. Gonzalez finished the game defensively at shortstop.
In Venezuela, Nate Baker came in during the ninth inning and faced three batters, striking out one, while also allowing two singles before being removed. He was taken out with his team up 7-1 and neither runner he left on base scored.
One day after pitching in the VWL/DWL All-Star game, Ryan Reid was called upon during the 12th inning last night, where he allowed two runs to take the loss. Reid retired two batters on strikeouts, but not before allowing three singles and hitting a batter. Just one of the two runs he allowed was earned.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
What about sending Joel to the Angels to get Mark Trumbo?
I’m sure that’s how a phone call between NH and the GM from the Angels would end if that trade were proposed by Pittsburgh.