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Pirates Looking For Starting Pitching Following Melancon Trade


Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mark Melancon deal might just be the start for the Pirates, who are looking to fill their need in the starting rotation. We have heard some names over the last week or so, mostly pitchers with the Rays, with Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi being named at various points. We also heard Nathan Eovaldi from the Yankees and Hector Santiago from the Angels, so there are multiple possibilities we have heard and probably dozens more names they have inquired about. We will update this article if anything comes up today.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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