Following Up on John VanB

A couple of weeks ago I went on a bit about the Pirates releasing former first rounder John Van Benschoten. Today Van Benschoten has a new job:

Right-hander John Van Benschoten, who was taken by the Pirates with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, has signed a Minor League deal with the [White] Sox, sources told MLB.com on Friday. Van Benschoten reportedly will be invited to the Sox big league Spring Training camp in Glendale, Ariz.

Expectations of success: approaching nothin’, but as I explained in the previous post, I’ve always felt like this kid was done a disservice by the Pirates, so I’ll be rooting for him to make something out of his career.


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Leo Walter
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Leo Walter
Craig,I am curious as to how you think Johnny V. was done a diservice by the Pirates. If you mean Littlefield did that by drafting him as a pitcher,I would agree.But if you mean later,after he was committed as a pitcher,I would have to disagree with you.I saw him pitch many times between Short Season,AA,and a number of times in Camp and Spring Training games,and to be honest,I always thought he really lacked the heart to be a Major League pitcher.Actually,I thought the biggest disservice the orginization did to him was to keep calling him up and running him out… Read more »
Craig Calcaterra
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Craig Calcaterra

I meant by turning him into a pitcher when he was such a blue chip hitting prospect.

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