In the past, State College has been known as "The Fastball Academy". The Pirates have sent young pitchers here to focus on their fastball command, learning how to throw on a downward plane, and move the pitch to the inside and outside corners of the plate. There was always a focus on secondary pitches, but this year there was an even bigger focus on the changeup for every pitcher. A lot of the younger starters saw improvements with their changeup during extended Spring Training, and continued working on the pitch in the New York-Penn League.
The Spikes were loaded with a lot of young pitching talent, which is to be expected since the Pirates have drafted a lot of young pitchers in the last few years. Their younger guys look like starting candidates, while a lot of the 2012 draft picks who joined the level profile as relief pitching prospects.
Below are the stats from each pitcher in State College, broken down by age groups. The first age group is where you'll find the majority of...
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