State College Spikes 7/31 Report

Last week, I took a mini-baseball vacation through Pennsylvania (and a one-day stop in West Virginia) to see three of the Pirates’ minor league affiliates as well as the big-league club. This is the first of three reports on the minor league teams. Sunday July 31 — State College Spikes The Spikes don’t have a lot of interesting prospects but they have been winning of late. Following are some observations from the one...

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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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Ten International Players to Watch

For those that don’t follow the players who have yet to come stateside,I figured I’d give a brief description of the players I think are the ones to watch.This isn’t necessarily a top ten list as I left off some players who are performing well in favor of higher priced kids,or ones who had more favorable scouting reports. As always with players in the DSL/VSL you take what they’re doing with a grain of salt...

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