Prospect Notebook: Strong Outings for Dodson, Fuesser

The A-ball games at Pirate City today featured two left-handers who put up strong numbers in A-ball last year. Zack Dodson and Zac Fuesser took the mound on opposite fields, taking on the New York Yankees’ A-ball teams. Both southpaws threw three innings, and the results in each game were strong. Dodson allowed just two hits in three shutout innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. He was sitting 91-93 MPH with his fastball....

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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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Spikes Lose 9-0 Blowout

Tonight was one hit wonder night at the ball park in State College.  Between innings, songs such as “The Macarena” by Los del Rio, and “MmmmBop” by Hanson played over the speakers.  The only silver lining for the Spikes tonight was that they didn’t stick to the “one hit wonder” theme, although they came dangerously close.  The offense struggled tonight, managing just three hits, with two of...

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2011 State College Spikes Preview: Position Players

The State College Spikes begin their season tonight.  Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes’ roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers. Catcher The Spikes have three catchers on their opening day roster: Derek Trent, Matthew Skirving, and Samuel Gonzalez.  There’s no obvious starter, although I’d expect Trent and Gonzalez to get the bulk of the...

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Pirates Sign Four More Draft Picks

The State College Spikes will be starting their season on Friday, and several players from the 2011 draft will make their way on to the State College roster this season.  Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times mentions that four 2011 draft picks are already in camp with the State College roster. The four players mentioned are 24th round pick Brian Sharp, 29th round pick Kirk Singer, 30th round pick Matthew Benedict, and 31st round...

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