Jake Burnette Cruises After Shaky First Inning

NILES, Oh. — The State College Spikes (7-6) lost 3-1 to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (6-7) on Saturday night. The Spikes had a good start from right-hander Jake Burnette, but the offense only combined for one run on four hits as they were swept in the three game series.   Jake Burnette Jake Burnette made his third start of the season with the State College on Saturday and allowed two runs over five innings in the Spikes...

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Heredia Convinces Manager to Leave Him In During Impressive Start

The State College Spikes fell flat in Luis Heredia’s second start in the New York-Penn League Tuesday in Batavia, N.Y. The Spikes fell to 6-3, while Batavia improved to 4-5. State College made some miscues in the field that spiraled into runs for Batavia, allowing the Muckdogs to secure a 3-1 win at Dwyer Stadium. It was the second game of a three-game set. Luis Heredia The 6-foot-6 Mexican right-hander, just 17 years-old,...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/26/12

Rudy Owens gets the start for Indianapolis tonight, facing off against top prospect Jacob Turner. Owens has made 14 straight quality starts to begin the season. Bradenton went with Casey Sadler to start game two of yesterday’s doubleheader. Jameson Taillon is the likely starter for today. He hasn’t made a start since last Tuesday. If Taillon does start, it would be the first time that he and Gerrit Cole started on the same...

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Heredia’s Prospect Status Could Soar With More Outings Like Tonight

Luis Heredia made his much anticipated 2012 debut tonight for the State College Spikes. The assignment to the New York Penn League was an aggressive one. Heredia went up against a lineup that was made up of 19 to 22 year old hitters. Four of the hitters were either 21 or 22 years old. Even the four 19 year olds in the lineup had two years on the right-hander. Heredia didn’t look like a 17 year old tonight. He cruised through the...

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Minor League Schedule: 6/21/12

One day after Gerrit Cole made his AA debut, Luis Heredia makes his debut for State College. The seventh best prospect in the Pirates system in the latest Pirates Prospects rankings, Heredia is 16 months younger than anyone else on the team roster. A story on the big test he faces as a 17 year old in the NYPL can be read here. It also includes a recap of the first start of the season for Kyle McPherson, who also pitches today....

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