The hitting in State College was weak for the first half of the 2011 season. Then in the second half the team added Alex Dickerson, and saw Wes Freeman take off, giving them two power bats in the middle of the lineup. The rest of the lineup was mostly built around speed, with a lot of the outfielders from the 2011 draft making their pro debuts at the level. Here is a rundown of all of the players in State College this year, broken down by age group.
2011 State College Spikes: Hitters
2011 State College Spikes: Pitchers
2011 State College Spikes: Top 10 Prospects
This is normally the list where you find the top prospects at the level. A lot of these guys were promoted from the Gulf Coast League at the end of the year, and didn't spend much time in State College. I'd expect Jose Osuna, Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia, and Gregory Polanco will be full time starters in State College next year.
Exicardo Cayonez and Jorge Bishop were both highly regarded international prospec...
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