Prospect Notebook: Looking Deeper at Another Group of Breakout Players in West Virginia

We are two weeks into the season, and once again it looks like West Virginia is the team to watch for breakout performers. The offense currently has four regulars with an .800 OPS or better. Other guys on the roster have potential and talent, but don’t have the numbers yet. It’s still early in the season, so some of those numbers could come up in a hurry. I’ve talked about the basic numbers a lot in the early part of...

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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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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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Minor League Schedule: 9/2/12

Bradenton will close out their season today with an early morning start to their last game. West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs Thursday and will now go on to play the Angels in a best of five series for the DSL championship. That series starts today. The GCL Pirates won the GCL championship Wednesday. Indianapolis will begin their...

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