With the State College Spikes season ending last night, I took the opportunity to check in with the coaching staff on the status of #11 prospect Barrett Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette.
Barnes suffered a stress fracture in his leg earlier this season and hasn't played since August 1st. Manager Dave Turgeon reports that Barnes has yet to resume baseball activity.
"It's healing properly, and he has one more bone scan," said Turgeon. "We'll probably have him in action by the latter third of instructional league where he'll be back to full baseball activities. He's on schedule."
2011 7th round draft pick Jake Burnette is one of several high-upside projectable prep arms taken by the Pirates in recent drafts. Burnette only threw 21 innings this season before hitting the shelf with soreness in his elbow.
"He's good. He's been throwing side sessions [about five or six], and he'll be ready to go in the instructional league," said pitching coach Justin Meccage.
John Eshleman joined Pirates Prospects in 2012, providing live coverage of the State College Spikes and the Altoona Curve. He will return for the 2013 season to provide coverage of the Jamestown Jammers while they are in State College. He will also be providing coverage of the Altoona Curve throughout the year. John is currently earning a Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, and he lives in State College with his fiance Allison. Also, he hates the designated hitter rule.