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Reasons Why State College Is Considering Changing Organizations

Reasons Why State College Is Considering Changing Organizations

Cory Giger reports that the State College Spikes are considering changing organizations and cutting ties with the Pittsburgh Pirates when their deal runs out at the end of the year. The main reason is due to the lack of winning in State College.

Most teams put the development of players as a priority over winning in the minors, especially at the lower levels of the minors. A combination of draft trends, development strategies, and aggressive promotions has made it nearly impossible for State College to compete.

In the past few years the Pirates have taken a lot of prep pitchers in the middle rounds, and have pushed them to the New York Penn League, which is typically dominated by college hitters. Ask any pitcher in State College what they're working on, and the answer is usually the same: "Fastball, fastball, fastball".

The Pirates put a priority on fastball command, and can be a bit aggressive promoting prep pitchers to the NYPL in their first full season. The combination of ...

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