Pirates Notebook: The 2008 State College Spikes

2008 was not a good year for the State College Spikes. The short season team combined for a 18-56 record, a .243 winning percentage. The pitching staff put up a 5.40 ERA. The team was outscored 461 to 303, a -158 run differential. There was no secret in 2008 that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak farm system coming in to the year. The number one objective for Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly was to rebuild that farm system (or maybe...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/9/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 9-0 to Columbus. Game Notes: Ryan Doumit actually recorded a hit in his rehab stint, going 2 for 4. Steve Pearce went 0 for 4 in his return to AAA. Jeremy Powell got crushed, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in four innings. AA The Result: Altoona won 10-4 against Erie. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with a run. -Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4 with...

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Thursday Trade Rumors

UPDATE 8:36 PM: Luis Cruz will get the call, according to Scott McCauley. You could look at this two ways: either the Pirates are going to trade Freddy Sanchez soon, or Freddy Sanchez isn’t ready to return from his injury. Dejan Kovacevic reports that nothing is imminent on a Sanchez deal, which means Cruz is probably up because Freddy isn’t ready to play. The 25-Man Roster page is updated with the addition of Cruz....

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Pirates Notebook: State College Spikes

Don’t look now, but the State College Spikes are 10-10. That may not seem like much, but it’s an amazing feat, considering they only won 10 games in all of 2008. That’s not accurate, but the sad thing is, it’s not too far from the truth. Last year State College was atrocious, going 18-56. The bulk of their problems were due to the pitching staff, which combined for a 5.40 ERA. I’m assuming the bulk of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Columbus. Game Notes: Ryan Doumit continues to go hitless in his rehab stint, going 0 for 3. Tom Gorzelanny went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Not a good outing for Gorzelanny, with a high walk rate, but he managed to come out with just one run allowed. AA The Result: Altoona won 1-0...

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