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Pirates Have Four Baseball America 2014 Minor League All-Stars

Baseball America released their Minor League All-Stars for each¬†classification of the minors, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having four players on the list. It should be noted that the classifications mean “Triple-A” and “Double-A”, rather than the individual leagues at those levels. So rather than just having to compete with every player in the International League, a player with the Indianapolis Indians would also have to compete with all of the players in the Pacific Coast League.

Gregory Polanco was named to the Triple-A team, after hitting for a .328/.390/.504 line with Indianapolis this year. Polanco joins Joc Pederson and Steven Souza as the Triple-A outfielders on the list.

Down in High-A ball, the Pirates had two more players make the list. Josh Bell was named to the outfield, while Tyler Glasnow was named as one of the starting pitchers. Glasnow also received the Pitcher of the Year honors.

The name you might not recognize is John Sever, who was named the relief pitcher in the rookie league All-Star team, spanning the Appalachian League, the Arizona League, the Gulf Coast League, and the Pioneer League. Sever is a left-handed pitcher who was drafted in the 20th round by the Pirates this year. He went to Bristol and put up a 1.33 ERA in 41 innings, with an impressive 63:17 K/BB ratio. He eventually moved to the rotation in Bristol, and should have a good shot at a rotation spot with a full season team next year.

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Yeah, Sever stood out like a sore thumb because most of the rest of the pitchers on that team got clobbered daily. He was seemingly the only one putting up scoreless innings on a continuing basis.


MH: BA had Durapau as the best SP and Sever as the best RP for Bethune-Cookman when they did their college pre-season look in February. He was the 4th best draft prospect from that conference in their estimation, and I have to give the Pirates credit for spending time watching a team like B-C and coming away with both Durapau and Sever. The kid fits the Pirates “physical projectability” theory for LHP’s at 6’5″ and thin, and relatively young (21) for a college Junior.

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