Last year in West Virginia, all of the pitching focus was on Tyler Glasnow, who impressed with a 36.3% strikeout rate in his big breakout season. Meanwhile, Ryan Hafner quietly put together a dominant season out of the bullpen, working a long relief role where he threw 87 innings on the year. In that time, Hafner had a 26.9% strikeout rate, and posted a pretty dominant 3.00 ERA. Following that strong season, the Pirates will be moving Hafner to the rotation in Bradenton during the 2014 season.
The 2010 draft for the Pirates was their second draft where they went big on hard-to-sign prep pitchers. A lot of the guys in the top ten rounds ended up going to college, rather than signing for over-slot money. So the Pirates turned to later round picks, including Hafner. The right-hander got a ...
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