Stop me if this sounds familiar.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a right-handed pitcher in A-ball who can consistently throw 98-99 MPH. He was signed to a big bonus out of high school, away from a big name college. He strikes out everyone with his fastball and plus breaking pitch.
He also needs better control, and could possibly use a changeup.
Jared Jones was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2020. He was paid a $2.2 million bonus. He now throws 98-99 MPH on command, through a high-effort delivery, and mixes in a slider that helps him achieve a strikeout rate around 30%.
Over the years, the Pirates' scouting department has done exceptionally well to identify young pitchers like Jones, who have gone on to quickly show elite stuff in pro ball.
Tyler Glasnow is the mos...
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