The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted John Pomeroy in the 13th round of the 2016 draft. At 6'5", 225 pounds, he is a large presence on the mound and we saw him hitting 98 MPH during the 2016 Fall Instructional League. In 2017, the Pirates drafted Shea Murray in the 18th round. At 6'6", 240 pounds and hitting 99 MPH, he is also an intimidating figure. Both of them had elbow injuries in 2017 that required surgery, though the Pirates went a different route than normal with Murray.

Pomeroy had successful Tommy John surgery on April 19th. He has been joined in the system recently by two other Tommy John surgery pitchers, who are on nearly identical time schedules in their return. Nick Burdi, who the Pirates picked up in a trade during the Rule 5 draft, had his surgery in May. Bo Schultz, who was si...

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