The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted right-handed pitcher Jake Webb in the 19th round in 2017 out of Pittsburg HS in Kansas. At 6'4", 200 pounds, and turning 18 years old just days before the draft, he offered a lot of projection. The Pirates signed him for a $125,000 bonus to break a commitment to Kansas State.

We got to see Webb twice this season before he stopped pitching at the end of July after five appearances. We heard that he had some arm soreness after checking in with him early in August, but we never got a chance to catch up with him after that point. I was able to talk to him last night and we found out that he had elbow surgery a short time after we heard about the arm soreness.

Yesterday, we wrote about John Pomeroy and Shea Murray returning from elbow surgeries. Pomeroy had ...

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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.