Eduardo Vera made just nine starts in Bradenton this year, including four during the month of May, before getting a promotion to Altoona. In his final four outings in Bradenton, he had a 2.89 ERA in 28 innings, with an 11:5 K/BB ratio. He was then promoted to Altoona, where he made his debut with one earned run in seven innings, along with three strikeouts and no walks. The combined effort was enough to make Vera the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month for May.

Vera had a breakout season last year in West Virginia, going from a non-prospect to a guy who could have a shot at making the majors. A big part of that was due to a velocity increase that saw him going from mid-to-upper 80s velocity, all the way to hitting upper 90s on a consistent basis. This year was supposed to give an ide...

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