A couple years back, I took a look at the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitchers and their tendencies of pitching inside, specifically all the hit batters. From the lowest level of the minors to the top, they teach their pitchers to own the inside of the plate and if you happen to hit some batters in the process, that isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's part of the learning process. The Pirates want their pitchers to be aggressive with the hitters. Don't try to hit the outside corner over and over with two strikes, keep the ball inside and down, getting quick out with ground balls, allowing the pitchers to be more efficient with their pitch counts and stay in games longer.

Robby Rowland hit 17 batters this year

While doing the recap for the Dominican Summer League, I was able to ta...

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