Instructs Day Two: Fryer, Hafner, Cumpton

If you follow any of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players on Twitter, you probably saw that today’s instructional league action was pretty brutal.  As I mentioned earlier today, most of the team ran a drill in the morning which included a lot of running.  The drill was an infield throwing drill, and every time someone dropped a ball, or didn’t catch a wild throw, the entire team (pitchers and outfielders included)...

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State College Spikes Player Reports 8/25

Tonight I got a chance to see several State College Spikes players for the first time this year.  The Spikes had a bad game, losing 11-4, with five errors on defense.  Ryan Hafner, who has had a strong year this year, had one of his worst outings, giving up two homers and six runs, with only three earned.  After the game, Spikes manager Kimera Bartee held a very brief meeting with the team, threw on some shorts, and left the stadium....

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2011 State College Spikes Preview: Pitchers

The State College Spikes begin their season tonight.  Below is a look at the pitchers who will start the year on the 2011 Spikes’ roster.  Also, be sure to check out our preview of the position players. Over-Slot Prep Arms The top prospect at the level will be Stetson Allie, the 2010 second round pick who signed for $2.25 M.  Allie will be starting off in State College, rather than joining 2010 first round pick Jameson Taillon...

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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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Are the Pirates Moving on From Kubitza and Weiss?

Yesterday it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates had signed 17th round pick Ryan Hafner, a prep pitcher with a commitment to Missouri State.  Today, Baseball America announced that Hafner received a $450,000 bonus, which is about $300,000 over the normal maximum “allowed” by Major League Baseball after the fifth round. Hafner’s bonus is currently the second highest bonus so far in the draft for the Pirates,...

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