State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Pitchers

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...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/29/12

West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader tonight. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates won game one of a best of three series against the Red Sox.  The DSL Pirates1 advanced to the second round of the playoffs with their win yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (84-54) @ Toledo (58-80) 6:30pm Probable...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/23/12

Bradenton is two games back in their division, with 11 games left. West Virginia is a 1.5 games out in their division, with 11 games left on the season. Indianapolis has an 11 game lead in their division with 12 games left to their schedule.  The GCL Pirates have four games(counting the completion of yesterday’s game) left and both DSL affiliates have three games left in their regular season. The GCL Pirates are one game out of...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/19

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/17/12

***UPDATE: Tyler Waldron(Altoona) and Zac Fuesser(WV) will get the start tonight for their respective teams*** With the promotion of Phil Irwin to Indianapolis, Altoona has yet to name a starter for tonight. Kyle Kaminski was also removed from the Curve roster, though he was sent to Bradenton, where he is currently listed as the starter for tonight. West Virginia also has an empty starting slot for tonight’s game. The GCL...

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