Feature Stories from the 2018 West Virginia Power season
For his entire career, Evan Piechota has been passed by. From college to the MLB draft, he did not attract much attention from any major program or professional team. Despite the lack of recognition, Piechota continued his quest to become a professional baseball player, and his determination is paying off.
When most fans see a player in an independent league, they write them off as a nobody. Someone who is just trying to keep their dreams alive of making it to the bigs, but probably is not good enough to warrant even a look from an affiliated team. Sometimes, those assumptions are right, but, in other cases, independent ball guys can be the diamond in the rough that completes a franchise later on down the road.
Meet Evan Piechota, who has been the epitome of the latter since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in July 2016 after beginning his professional career with the independent Utica Unicorns.