Scout Premium Content

Pittsburgh Pirates: Minor League Notebook

<b>NASHVILLE</b><br> <b>JOHNNY BE GOOD</b> His overall numbers don't show it, but Nashville Sounds pitcher John VanBenschoten (3-7, 4.06 ERA) is finally starting to come into his own at the Triple-A level. After losing his first six decisions this season, the Pirates top pick in the 2001 draft is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA in his last seven starts. He has allowed only 14 earned runs in 43.1 innings, struck out 36 and walked only 11.

BURNED OUT HOUSE Another Pirates top prospect, catcher J.R. House, has hit a wall as the Triple-A All-Star break looms. Before Sunday's game House was stuck in a 2-for-22 slump and is hitting only .204 since coming off the disabled list for a knee sprain. House is being outplayed by backup Keith McDonald - a career minor-league backstop who is 11-for-28 (.393) in his last 10 games and...

PiratesDugout.com Recommended Stories


  • Peyton Manning emerged alone atop yet another category in the NFL record book tonight vs the Niners, as he tossed touchdown #509 under the national spotlight of Sunday Night Football (NBC). (Photo…

  • Former USC and NFL running back LenDale White added tons of drama to what was a relatively quiet Homecoming weekend for the Trojans.

  • Here’s a way to watch football and improve your golf swing at the same time. In your living room (or on the range), practice the one-minute golf swing, as shown in this video. Set the timer on your…

  • Dr. Roto, like many others, can't believe Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (pictured above) passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. First time that's ever happened…

  • As soon as those winds fall off, get into the stand! I always tell people you can't kill them if you aren't out, but if you want to try and pick an opportune time – this is it.

Up Next


Tweets