First Pitch: The 2011 Draft is the Exact Opposite of the 2009 Draft

In 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of money on prep pitchers in the middle rounds. The hope was that one of those pitchers could one day emerge as a top of the rotation option, which is something the Pirates hadn’t seen in their system for a long time. So far none of those pitchers have emerged as anything close to top of the rotation guys. Here is a rundown of what the Pirates have from each pitcher. 2nd Round –...

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Prospect Notebook: Seeing Two Pitchers For the First Time; Brewer Hits 95

Today I got to see two pitchers for the first time. For the last year I’ve seen Wei-Chung Wang walking around in a red shirt as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. I also saw Hayden Hurst last year in the GCL after the 2012 draft pick signed. However, he didn’t pitch in the GCL, so I didn’t get to see him throw. Today, both pitchers were on the mound in the low-A game against the Toronto farm system. Here are my...

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State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete State College Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects Top 10 Prospects 1. Luis Heredia 2. Clay Holmes 3. Barrett Barnes 4. Adrian Sampson 5. Jake Burnette 6. Joely Rodriguez 7. Tyler Gaffney 8. Jason Creasy 9. Dalton Friend 10. Jacob Stallings   Tier 1: Heredia, Holmes Luis Heredia: Luis Heredia entered this season with some question marks based on his young age and lack of professional baseball experience,...

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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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Injury Updates: Barrett Barnes and Jake Burnette

With the State College Spikes season ending last night, I took the opportunity to check in with the coaching staff on the status of #11 prospect Barrett Barnes and right-handed pitcher Jake Burnette. Barnes suffered a stress fracture in his leg earlier this season and hasn’t played since August 1st. Manager Dave Turgeon reports that Barnes has yet to resume baseball activity. “It’s healing properly, and he has one...

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