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: 8/31/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start for Altoona tonight. Barring an unlikely promotion to Indianapolis for the playoffs, this will be his last game of the season. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs yesterday and will now go on to play the winner of the Yankees/Angels series in a best of three series for the DSL championship. The start date of that series is tentatively scheduled for Monday. The GCL Pirates won the GCL...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/25/12

Clay Holmes gets the start for State College tonight. In his last start, he gave up a career high five runs. West Virginia is three games out in their division, with nine games left on the season. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL season is over, with the last two games canceled due to weather. The GCL Pirates are tied for first place in their division with one game left and they have clinched a playoff spot. The DSL Pirates1...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/19/12

West Virginia is 1.5 games out in their division, with 15 games left on the season. Indianapolis has a ten game lead in their division with 16 games left to their schedule. Bradenton is a half game back in the standings with 14 games left. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates are off today. With a two game sweep over the GCL Tigers, the Pirates fell into a first place tie with the Tigers, with six games left in the season. A full...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/12/12

Clay Holmes gets the start today for State College on the road. Away from home, he has made four starts, giving up no earned runs and just six hits in 20 innings. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7 inning games.  Half of the teams are off today, a list that includes West Virginia, the GCL Pirates and both DSL teams. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A:...

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