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Former Pirates Minor Leaguer Joe Bauserman Could Become Ohio State's Quarterback

Pirates 2004 fourth-round pick Joe Bauserman stands to get a bunch of playing time this year as Ohio State's quarterback.

The 25-year-old former Minor League pitcher said he doesn't miss baseball and is only concerned about the football team.

"I don't even think about it," Bauserman said. "I'm focused on one opportunity and what's going on right now."

Bauserman was a pitcher in the Pirates' minor-league system for three years. He had a really good debut in the GCL in 2004, but both his strikeout rate and his walk rate got worse as he climbed to Williamsport and then Hickory, and he struggled with shoulder tendonitis in 2006. He quit and headed to Ohio State, where he redshirted in 2007. Now he's a senior and has a shot at being the Buckeyes' starting quarterback while Terrelle Pryor misses the first five games of the 2011 season due to a suspension. It's wild that he's still only 25 - it seems like he's been around forever.