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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Pirates Draft Signing Recap: Is the System to Blame For Appel Not Signing?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are facing a problem that they haven’t faced in the last several years: they were unable to reach a deal with a draft pick that was considered a difficult sign. In years past, all the Pirates had to do was throw money at the draft pick to get a deal done. This year, Major League Baseball reworked the draft to limit spending. The end result was that the Pirates were unable to sign first round pick Mark...

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Pirates Sign 18th Round Pick For $25 K Over Slot

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 18th round pick John Kuchno for $125 K, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America. Kuchno is a hard throwing right hander with a fastball that can touch 95, and a power curve. Both pitches have the potential to be plus offerings. The deal was for more than the $100,000 limit for picks after the tenth round, which means $25,000 counts towards the overall bonus pool. In the big picture, that reduces...

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Rounds 16-20: Pirates Go Heavy on Pitching

The Pittsburgh Pirates went heavy on right handed pitchers in rounds 16-20, taking a pitcher in four of their five picks. Below are the reports on each player. For more information, click their names to go to their player pages. 16th Round, 496th Overall: Max Moroff, SS, Prep Moroff is a switch hitting shortstop from Trinity Prep in Orlando, Florida. He’s 6′ 0″, 175 pounds, and a switch hitting shortstop. Moroff has...

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