• 2012 State College Spikes Season Preview

    Luis Heredia will make the jump to State College at the age of 17. In the past few years, the State College Spikes have been heavy with pitching prospects, with not a lot of the system's top hitting prospects. There will be a few notable hitters this year, but for the most...

  • State College Spikes Release Mini Camp Roster

    The State College Spikes have released their mini camp roster for this weekend. The list of players is highlighted by right-handed pitcher Luis Heredia. The full roster includes the following players. Pitchers Lance Breedlove, RHP Jake Burnette, RHP Jordan Cooper, RHP Jason Creasy, RHP Emmanuel De Leon, RHP Justin Ennis, LHP Dalton...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Dominican Summer League Preview

    The 2012 Dominican Summer League rosters have been released as the teams kick off their 72 game season this weekend. This year the Pirates will have two affiliates in the league for the first time, as they decided to end their association with the Venezuelan Summer League after last season. New players...

  • Opening Day! Six Things For Indy Indians Fans To Watch For In April

    The Indianapolis Indians open their season today, on the road in Toledo.  Most of the rest of the International League started last night, except for the Norfolk Tides and the Charlotte Knights, who were rained out in Charlotte.  The lights were on at Victory Field early this morning, even though the team...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bench

    After a series of roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, prior to the club's workout at PNC Park, the Pirates bench has become clear. The Pirates have decided to carry an extra bat to start the season, rather than an extra arm in the pen. Matt Hague, Josh Harrison and Yamaico Navarro all...

  • 2012 Indianapolis Indians Season Preview

    We've covered the 2012 West Virginia Power, the 2012 Bradenton Marauders, and the 2012 Altoona Curve. Today we wrap up the previews of the full season leagues with a look at the 2012 Indianapolis Indians. Indianapolis will open the season with the top hitting prospect in the system, Starling Marte. They will also feature...

  • 2012 Altoona Curve Season Preview

    I've already previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power and the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Altoona Curve. Altoona will feature a lot of players returning from the 2011 team. Tony Sanchez, Matt Curry, Brock Holt, Jeremy Farrell, Quincy Latimore, and Andrew Lambo were all in...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Bullpen

    The Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen was strong for the club during the 2011 season posting a 'pen 3.76 ERA over 526.0 innings. Only one reliever did not return for the 2012 season, right-hander Jose Veras, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Casey McGehee. Like Veras, right-hander Juan Cruz signed a minor league contract and will...

  • 2012 Bradenton Marauders Season Preview

    Yesterday I previewed the 2012 West Virginia Power. Today the season previews continue with a look at the 2012 Bradenton Marauders. The Marauders will open the year with the top two prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates' system: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon. They will also feature Colton Cain and Alex Dickerson, who...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Season Preview: Starting Lineup

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finished with a .244 batting average during the 2011 season -- .247 average in the 1st half, .241 in the 2nd half. Over the offseason, the Pirates signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a two-year deal, and catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year contract with an option for 2013. The...

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