Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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State College at Aberdeen, August 13-14

Aberdeen 3, State College 2 (11 inn.) State College 1, Aberdeen 0 State College split the first two games of a weekend series at Aberdeen, home of Billy Ripken and his late father, Cal, Sr.  The Spikes lost the first game in 11 innings, 3-2, but came back the next night with a 1-0 win. A couple asides here before I start.  For one, the radar gun at Ripken Stadium sure seemed slow to me on Friday night.  Either the pitchers set an...

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Lyles Smacks Fifth Homer, But Spikes Fall To Jammers, 11-3

LYLES SMACKS FIFTH HOMER, BUT SPIKES FALL TO JAMMERS, 11-3 BOX SCORE GAME LOG STATE COLLEGE – Chase Lyles delivered his team-leading fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left field in the eighth inning, but it was not enough as the State College Spikes went down to defeat at the hands of the Jamestown Jammers, 11-3, on Monday night at Russell Diethrick Park. Lyles’s home run off of Jamestown reliever Zach Robertson was part of...

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Spikes Get Back on Track With 2-1 Win Over Doubledays

SPIKES GET BACK ON TRACK WITH 2-1 WIN OVER DOUBLEDAYS BOX SCORE GAME LOG AUBURN, NY – The State College Spikes were held to just two hits in the game, but took advantage of two eighth-inning errors by the Auburn Doubledays to plate a pair of runs and come from behind to earn a 2-1 victory at Falcon Park on Saturday night. State College (21-21) mustered two doubles in the first two innings before being held out of the hit column for...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis beat Syracuse 7-5.  Michael Crotta pitched 7.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Derek Hankins made his AAA debut, allowing a run on one hit, a solo homer, before getting the final out in the eighth.  Hankins allowed the only inherited runner on base to score on the homer, blowing the save, but got the win thanks to two runs from...

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