Transactions Recap: Thompson, Rodriguez, Cooper, Jackson

Catching up on the daily roster moves, since I was on the road all day, and haven’t figured out a way to clone myself yet: -To make room for Chase d’Arnaud on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson for assignment.  Thompson was acquired off of waivers in December from the Washington Nationals.  The former first round pick got off to a good start in Altoona, before struggling and...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/21/11

PLAYER PROFILE: JOELY RODRIGUEZ I’ve talked a lot about Rodriguez lately, but with his first start of the 2011 season coming tonight, I figure one more time is appropriate.  I first saw Rodriguez with the Spikes last year.  I wasn’t expecting much, considering his low strikeout numbers.  I was surprised when I saw him throwing 88-92 MPH that night, and even more impressed when I received reports that he touched 94 at times...

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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: Pitchers

The State College Spikes begin their season tonight.  Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes’ roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players. Over-Slot Prep Arms The top prospect at the level will be Stetson Allie, the 2010 second round pick who signed for $2.25 M.  Allie will be starting off in State College, rather than joining 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon...

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Three Lower Level Pitchers Promoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted three lower level pitchers today: -LHP Jhonatan Ramos was promoted from State College to West Virginia -RHP Vincent Payne and LHP Joely Rodriguez were promoted from the GCL Pirates to State College Ramos started the 2010 season with West Virginia, and posted an 8.40 ERA in 15 innings, with a 13:2 K/BB ratio and a .394 BAA.  He was moved to State College when their season began, and has been...

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