State College Spikes Players Notes: 6/25/12

The State College Spikes opened a three-game series against the Batavia Muckdogs Monday night at Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium. It was State College’s first true road trip of the season, and 2011 seventh-rounder Jake Burnette, a 6-foot-4 prep right-hander from Georgia, was on the mound. Like most of their games early in the season, the Spikes (6-2) utilized solid situational hitting and a plethora of singles to seize a 7-4 win...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/25/12

Bradenton was rained out yesterday for the second straight day. They will make up the game today as part of a doubleheader, with two seven inning games. The GCL Pirates and both DSL teams were off yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (46-30) VS Scranton-WB (41-36) 7:05pm Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (3-3 3.47) Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Scranton/WB 0 (Game story here)...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/20/12

Gerrit Cole will make his AA debut tonight. He left the Florida State League with the third best ERA(2.55), third best WHIP(1.10) and his 69 strikeouts ranks sixth. Bradenton has an early morning start time today. West Virginia returns from their All-Star break tomorrow. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (42-29) @ Gwinnett (37-36) 7:05pm Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (2-3 4.81) Yesterday’s...

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Clayton Holmes and Jake Burnette Off to Strong Starts

For the last few years the Pittsburgh Pirates have gone heavy on the over-slot deals for high school pitching prospects. Last year was no different, with two of the big signings being seventh rounder Jake Burnette and ninth rounder Clayton Holmes. Burnette received a $550 K over-slot deal, while Holmes received a $1.2 M bonus, which set a ninth round record. Burnette signed on August 1st. Holmes signed close to the deadline on August...

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Instructs Day One: Allie, Holmes, Burnette, Gift

I arrived in Florida around 3:30 AM this morning, after about 15 hours of driving.  After a bit of sleep, I went over to Pirate City, where the Pirates were having a camp day, and an intersquad game.  There wasn’t much to report on.  Each pitcher threw an inning, and it was hard getting a read on the position players, since they didn’t have numbers, and kept switching spots during the game.  I can recognize most of them...

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