Instructs Day One: Allie, Holmes, Burnette, Gift

I arrived in Florida around 3:30 AM this morning, after about 15 hours of driving.  After a bit of sleep, I went over to Pirate City, where the Pirates were having a camp day, and an intersquad game.  There wasn’t much to report on.  Each pitcher threw an inning, and it was hard getting a read on the position players, since they didn’t have numbers, and kept switching spots during the game.  I can recognize most of them...

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Stetson Allie vs Nick Kingham

I had a conversation in the State College press box last week about who was the higher rated prospect: Stetson Allie or Nick Kingham.  We rated Allie as the higher prospect in our mid-August top 10 update, and in the State College wrap up, Allie was picked over Kingham in four of five lists. Nick Kingham is coming off a year where he put up a 2.15 ERA in 71 innings, along with a 6.0 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio.  He displayed good...

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State College Spikes Player Reports 9/1/11

The State College Spikes beat the Batavia Mud Dogs 7-5 tonight, thanks to a five run fifth inning by the Spikes, and a strong start from 2010 4th round pick Nick Kingham.  Kingham wasn’t the only one who had a strong outing, with Stetson Allie also throwing a dominant inning in relief.  Seeing two of my top ten prospects in the system pitch in one game is always nice, but seeing both pitchers reinforce why they’re in my...

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The Odds of a Super Rotation in Pittsburgh

In the last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added four pitchers with top of the rotation stuff.  On August 16th, 2010, they signed their top two picks from the 2010 draft, adding Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie to the mix.  A few days later, they signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Two days ago, the Pirates signed the first overall pick from the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole, giving them yet another player who has the...

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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