2009 State College Spikes Season Recap

One of the big stories last year in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system was the horrible performance of the 2008 State College Spikes. The 2008 Spikes went 18-56, mostly due to some horrible pitching numbers thanks to a heavy dose of fastballs and not much else, which left the hitters knowing what was coming. The 2008 team may not have been a failure though. I broke down the 2008 Spikes a few months ago, noting that the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/12/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games. AAA The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo. Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 2 for 3. Steve Pearce went 1 for 4 with a homer. Brian Bixler went 2 for 4, raising his average to .250. Starter Eric Hacker got the loss, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none. AA The Result: Altoona lost 4-2 against Bowie. -Jose Tabata went 2 for 5 with a double....

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Pirates Notebook: The 2008 State College Spikes

2008 was not a good year for the State College Spikes. The short season team combined for a 18-56 record, a .243 winning percentage. The pitching staff put up a 5.40 ERA. The team was outscored 461 to 303, a -158 run differential. There was no secret in 2008 that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a weak farm system coming in to the year. The number one objective for Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly was to rebuild that farm system (or maybe...

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