I mentioned last night in the Prospect Watch about how many outs the West Virginia Power gave away early in their 14-5 loss to Lexington. I was watching the game to see pitcher Oddy Nunez for the first time. We got some strong reports about Nunez early this spring and then he made the jump from the Gulf Coast League as a reliever last year, to a starting pitcher for West Virginia this year. The Pirates will have to be careful with his innings this season because he only had 34.2 during the regular season and likely about the same amount between Spring Training and Extended Spring Training, giving him around 65-70 total innings last year. He might get limited, but it's still a jump that gives an indicator that he's a prospect to watch this season.

Nunez has the frame to eventually be a w...

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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.