June Prospects Rundown: State College Spikes

State College started their season in mid-June, shortly after the 2010 MLB draft.  It’s hard enough to draw any conclusions about the performance of the players at the level based on two weeks of play.  What makes things harder is that development is often hard to pinpoint at the lower levels.  The pitchers are throwing mostly fastballs, focused more on their control and command of the pitch than they are of their...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Columbus.  Hayden Penn pitched 7.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Wilfredo Ledezma allowed two inherited runners to score, picking up a blown save.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out one. Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs.  Kevin Melillo went 2-for-5...

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2010 State College Spikes Preview

Is it a bad thing that I’m going to be more interested in watching the State College Spikes once their season begins, than watching the West Virginia Power, a level above State College?  It’s not that I don’t like the prospects at West Virginia.  It’s just that it’s hard to top what State College has to offer this year, at least at the start of the season. The big thing to watch for will be the...

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State College Spikes Roster Announced

The 2010 State College Spikes will begin their season on Friday, on the road against Williamsport.  The 2010 roster has been announced by Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times.  The roster is as follows: PITCHERS Brooks PoundersEliecer NavarroJarryd SullivanJustin EnnisKevin DeckerMitchell FienemannSandobal SeptimoTeddy FallonZac FuesserZach Von RosenbergZack Dodson CATCHERS Jairo MarquezMatt SkirvingMiguel Mendez...

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Positional Breakdowns: Second Base

The trade of Freddy Sanchez to the Giants had two big impacts to the Pittsburgh Pirates system. The trade brought back top pitching prospect Tim Alderson, but at the same time it created a big hole at second base for the Pirates, with no reliable options ready to step in for the next year or two. The 2009 Season Freddy Sanchez was great in his time with the Pirates. Under Perry Hill, Sanchez improved his defensive skills. On offense...

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