Pirates Release Justin Bencsko

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released outfielder Justin Bencsko.  Bencsko was a 20th round pick last year, taken as a college senior.  The outfielder was a one tool talent, with speed being that tool.  He was one of the fastest players in the system, but struggled at the plate this year in State College and West Virginia.

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Daily Prospect Profile: Justin Bencsko

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted outfielder Justin Bencsko in the 20th round as a senior out of Villanova.  In his senior year, Bencsko put up a .356/.445/.490 line, with 24 stolen bases.  A big issue was that he had no power, and didn’t really start hitting until his senior year came along.  After signing with the Pirates, Bencsko went to State College, where he put up a .188/.291/.275 line in 69 at-bats. Bencsko...

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Minor League Moves For 8/1

A few minor league transactions have been made early today, and I expect more to be announced later today: -Cole White has been promoted from West Virginia to Bradenton.  White has been hitting for a .288/.347/.485 line in West Virginia this year.  He’s 26 years old, but was still in low-A because he spent two years with the Army, only returning to pro baseball last July. -Justin Bencsko has been promoted from State College to...

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Stetson Allie Makes His Pro Debut

About two months ago, I covered Jameson Taillon’s pro debut in West Virginia.  It was raining that night, and Taillon’s outing was shortened as a result, with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect allowing a run on three hits in two innings, with two walks and no strikeouts.  Tonight, Stetson Allie made his pro debut in State College, and prior to the game, it looked like it could have been a repeat of...

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2011 State College Spikes Preview: Position Players

The State College Spikes begin their season tonight.  Below is a look at the position players who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes’ roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the pitchers. Catcher The Spikes have three catchers on their opening day roster: Derek Trent, Matthew Skirving, and Samuel Gonzalez.  There’s no obvious starter, although I’d expect Trent and Gonzalez to get the bulk of the...

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