Baseball America 2011 Draft Chat

Baseball America held an early 2011 draft chat today, touching on a lot of topics pertaining to the top three players in the 2011 draft: Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Matt Purke.  While the draft order is not settled yet, the Pittsburgh Pirates have pretty much locked up the number one pick.  The Pirates have a magic number of nine, which means that any combination of nine Pirates losses or Seattle Mariners wins will clinch the...

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9/16 ESPN Radio Appearance

I’ll be on ESPN 1430 AM in Altoona with Cory Giger at 4:35 PM, talking Altoona Curve baseball. It can also be found on ESPN 1450 AM in State College. The live stream can be found here (it will work this time).  For those of you that miss the appearance, I’ll have the audio on the site...

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2010 State College Spikes Season Recap

The State College Spikes featured a lot of young pitching talent that has entered the Pirates’ farm system over the last two years.  When looking at the stats of these players, it’s important to note that each pitcher is on a fastball heavy diet.  The goal in State College is to pitch to contact, and work on fastball control and command.  Therefore, it’s not uncommon to see a high ERA, a high WHIP, a low walk rate,...

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Two Homers From Mercer Lead Altoona to Victory

Altoona got a great pitching performance last night from Rudy Owens, who turned in five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts, arguably out-pitching future Hall of Famer Andy Pettitte, who was pitching for Trenton.  The problem was, Owens didn’t get much run support, leaving with a 2-2 tie after five innings, despite several opportunities by Altoona to put more runs on the board.  Altoona...

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Live Blog: Altoona-Trenton 9/15

Jeff Locke is on the mound tonight for the Altoona Curve, trying to tie the series at 1-1.  Altoona was able to fight back from losing the first game in the first round.  Hopefully they can do the same tonight.  Check the lineups post for information on the game tonight, and keep checking back here for updates. 6:40 PM: Locke struck out the first batter, got a soft liner to Josh Harrison at third, allowed a looping single to left, and...

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