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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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/4/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis was postponed tonight. AA Altoona won 1-0 vs Bowie. Jose Tabata went 0 for 4 at the plate, while Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4. Pedro Alvarez had the only run, going 1 for 4 on the night. Three players were promoted from AA to AAA today, according to Dejan Kovacevic on the PNC Blog. Those players were outfielder Jonel Pacheco and catchers Milver Reyes and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/3/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA Indianapolis lost 1-0 to Louisville, despite an eight inning complete game by Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny allowed five hits and one un-earned run, while striking out five and walking none. Since being sent back down, Gorzelanny has pitched 22 innings, allowing two earned runs, with 13 hits and a 26:5 K/BB ratio. Gorzelanny has a 2.87 ERA on the season at AAA. AA Altoona...

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