Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost 4-1 to Norfolk.  Michael Crotta pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one. Brandon Moss went 2-for-4.  Kevin Melillo went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Luke Carlin went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  Alex Presley went 1-for-3. ALTOONA...

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Lyles Smacks Fifth Homer, But Spikes Fall To Jammers, 11-3

LYLES SMACKS FIFTH HOMER, BUT SPIKES FALL TO JAMMERS, 11-3 BOX SCORE GAME LOG STATE COLLEGE – Chase Lyles delivered his team-leading fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning, but it was not enough as the State College Spikes went down to defeat at the hands of the Jamestown Jammers, 11-3, on Monday night at Russell Diethrick Park. Lyles’s home run off of Jamestown reliever Zach Robertson was part of...

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Interview with 7th Round Pick Austin Kubitza

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Austin Kubitza in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, continuing their trend of taking prep pitchers in the middle rounds.  Kubitza was rated the #153 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and has a commitment to Rice, which means he will likely command an over-slot bonus.  Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to interview Austin on being drafted, his history of pitching, and how the...

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Spikes’ Record Comeback Produces 7-6 Win Over Doubledays

SPIKES’ RECORD COMEBACK PRODUCES 7-6 WIN OVER DOUBLEDAYS BOX SCORE GAME LOG AUBURN, NY – Trailing 6-0 entering the eighth inning, the State College Spikes made the largest comeback in team history, with Matt Curry driving in the game-winning run with an infield single in the tenth inning in a 7-6 win over the Auburn Doubledays on Sunday night at Falcon Park. State College (22-21) started its rally with a five-run eighth inning,...

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