Pirates Notebook: The Success of the 2009 Spikes

I know, it’s hard to call a 12-10 record a “success”, but considering State College went 18-56 last year, a 12-10 record is looking fantastic. Yesterday I went in to detail about the failure of the 2008 Spikes, and the successful impact of the innovative development process for the pitching staff. If you missed it, I’d check it out before reading this. After reading yesterday’s post, you know that the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 0 for 4 in his debut at Indianapolis. Ian Snell pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout. AA The Result: Altoona lost 2-1 in 14 innings to Bowie. -Jose Tabata went 1 for 5...

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Pirates Notebook: The 2008 State College Spikes

2008 was not a good year for the State College Spikes. The short season team combined for a 18-56 record, a .243 winning percentage. The pitching staff put up a 5.40 ERA. The team was outscored 461 to 303, a -158 run differential. There was no secret in 2008 that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak farm system coming in to the year. The number one objective for Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly was to rebuild that farm system (or maybe...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis won 13-6 against Columbus. Game Notes: Brian Bixler went 2 for 6, homering in his third straight game. Ryan Doumit went 0 for 5, and remains hitless in his rehab stint. Not just AAA, but his entire rehab time. Shelby Ford went 2 for 4, with two doubles. Eric Kratz went 3 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season. AA The Result: Altoona got crushed...

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Pirates Notebook: Five Big Surprises

Ever since the new management group took over, the theme has been re-building the minor league system. We’ve seen this process through trades, such as the Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, and Nate McLouth deals. We’ve seen it through the draft, especially when we went over slot to get guys like Robbie Grossman. We’ve also seen a few free agent additions, like Tyler Herron, and some minor moves, like trading Andy Phillips for...

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