Comments on: The Spikes Look Great This Year, But Long Term Makeup Is The Same http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/the-spikes-look-great-this-year-but-long-term-makeup-is-the-same.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 18 May 2014 19:25:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/the-spikes-look-great-this-year-but-long-term-makeup-is-the-same.html#comment-16479 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 20:22:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=34467#comment-16479 Did not know that about Kingham….thx for that update.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/the-spikes-look-great-this-year-but-long-term-makeup-is-the-same.html#comment-16477 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:28:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=34467#comment-16477 There’s no set timetable for that to happen. And it’s not like someone flips a switch and a guy goes from throwing 88-91 to 96-98. Take Nick Kingham, for example. He was touching 95 MPH on a pretty consistent basis this Spring. Before his junior year in high school he barely touched 90. Last year with the Spikes he would occasionally hit 94, but was mostly topping out at 93. He’s showing signs of gradually moving up with his velocity.

It’s also a small timeframe we’re talking about here. If you could take a projectable guy and get someone throwing mid-90s a year or two later, then everyone would do it. Sometimes it takes several years. Outside of the Pirates, Chris Archer is a guy I can think of who took several years to really break out. I think it was like 3-4 years before he started throwing mid-to-upper 90s.

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By: Craig Biddle http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/the-spikes-look-great-this-year-but-long-term-makeup-is-the-same.html#comment-16476 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:23:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=34467#comment-16476 How can you say all these things about a team that is averaging almost 5 runs per game? That’s a lot for short season ball – usually the pitchers there are way ahead of the hitters, since the hitters have to adjust to using wood bats.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/the-spikes-look-great-this-year-but-long-term-makeup-is-the-same.html#comment-16473 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:18:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=34467#comment-16473 I’m starting to not ‘get’ the ‘projectionable arm’ thing. How many of them have actually added velocity? I know of none so far.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/the-spikes-look-great-this-year-but-long-term-makeup-is-the-same.html#comment-16469 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 04:08:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=34467#comment-16469 What the time frame for Barnes? If he continues to do well in State College, will they try to get him up to WV this season? Or will they try to take their time with him since most years in the past, he wouldnt have even played the year he was drafted?

I realize all of that is based off of the assumption that he actually continues to have success. However, given his collegiate experience, I don’t see the point in having him hang around State College unless there’s some fundamental or mechanical issue to work through

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