He made his AA debut after nearly dominating A batters in recent starts. His AA debut went very well and was perfect through 3 innings. His ending line was 5 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 runs, 6 strikeouts, 0 walks. On top of that he threw 56 pitches of 74 for strikes. He looked like everything the Pirates hoped he would be when selected as last year's number 1 overall pick. His offspeed pitches were nasty and his fastball topped out at 98MPH.
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On top of that him and former Bradenton Marauders teammate Jameson Taillon were selected to represent the Pirates in the 2012 Futures Game. The Pirates are one of only 3 teams to have both their number 1 and 2 prospects represented at the Futures Game this year. The other 3 teams are Seattle, Baltimore, and Toronto.