Alex Dickerson Named a Top 10 First Base Prospect

Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com continues his positional top ten rankings today with his top ten first base prospects. The Pittsburgh Pirates had one player on the list, with Alex Dickerson ranking ninth overall. Dickerson was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, but was rated as a top 50 draft prospect prior to the draft. He hit well in State College, with a .313/.393/.493 line in 150 at-bats. The stat line has to be taken with the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: First Base

Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base.  They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which was actually a down year for the first baseman.  Overbay struggled big time with the Pirates, hitting for a .227/.300/.349 line in 352 at-bats before getting released on August 5th.  After he was released,...

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Nick Kingham and Alex Dickerson are Top NYPL Prospects

Baseball America has released their top 20 prospects for the New York-Penn League today, with two Pirates Prospects making the list.  Nick Kingham and Alex Dickerson were both named to the top 20 list, with scouting reports found here for subscribers. Kingham ranked 9th, after putting up a 2.15 ERA in 71 innings, along with a 47:15 K/BB ratio.  Kingham was the third highest pitcher rated in the league.  2011 third round pick Alex...

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State College Spikes Player Reports 8/25

Tonight I got a chance to see several State College Spikes players for the first time this year.  The Spikes had a bad game, losing 11-4, with five errors on defense.  Ryan Hafner, who has had a strong year this year, had one of his worst outings, giving up two homers and six runs, with only three earned.  After the game, Spikes manager Kimera Bartee held a very brief meeting with the team, threw on some shorts, and left the stadium....

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State College Spikes 7/31 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the first of three reports on the minor league teams. Sunday July 31 — State College Spikes The Spikes don’t have a lot of interesting prospects but they have been winning of late. Following are some observations from the one...

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