The State College Spikes begin their season tonight. Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes' roster. Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players.
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Allie is the top prospect at the level to start the year.
The top prospect at the level will be Stetson Allie, the 2010 second round pick who signed for $2.25 M. Allie will be starting off in State College, rather than joining 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon in West Virginia, due to some control issues. I saw those control issues in Spring Training this year, and they are very apparent in this video recap. The control issues are to be expected, as Allie is fairly new to pitching, and is more of a thrower at this point. He might not be at State College for long, depending on his performance in this area. He could take the Quinton Miller path of making a few appearances at the level, before quickly moving up to West Virginia.
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