State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete State College Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects Top 10 Prospects 1. Luis Heredia 2. Clay Holmes 3. Barrett Barnes 4. Adrian Sampson 5. Jake Burnette 6. Joely Rodriguez 7. Tyler Gaffney 8. Jason Creasy 9. Dalton Friend 10. Jacob Stallings   Tier 1: Heredia, Holmes Luis Heredia: Luis Heredia entered this season with some question marks based on his young age and lack of professional baseball experience,...

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Injury Updates: Barrett Barnes and Jake Burnette

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...

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Heredia Finishes Season on a High Note; Features a New Curveball

Luis Heredia won his fourth game of the year to close out the Spikes season with a 5-0 shutout against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  Heredia was sharp tonight, using 61 pitches (38 strikes) to get through 5 innings, giving up only two hits, walking one, and striking out five.  Kevin Kleis, Bryton Trepagnier, and John Kuchno finished off the shut-out, and the Spikes benefitted from several good hitting performances.  Center fielder...

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Tyler Glasnow Hits 96 MPH in State College Spikes Debut

The Spikes rallied to a 5-4 11th inning victory on a walk-off single by pinch-hitter Sammy Gonzalez earlier tonight against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  2011 5th round draft pick Tyler Glasnow made his State College debut tonight and impressed with four solid innings of work.  He surrendered two runs, but both were unearned due to a throwing error by second baseman Dilson Herrera in the 4th inning.  Left-hander Dalton Friend came...

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Cole Labors as Curve Fall 4-1 to Akron Aeros

Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole did not have his best stuff tonight, taking the loss in Altoona to move his record in AA to 3-6 against the Akron Aeros.  Although Cole showed flashes of his number one starter potential, his control and command were both spotty, at times disappearing for several batters before returning with a big pitch.  To Cole’s credit, he threw deep into the 7th inning, registering 110 pitches, giving up four runs...

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