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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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was off today. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona beat Akron 5-1.  Rudy Owens pitched six innings, allowing a run on one hit, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Tom Boleska pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two. Chase d’Arnaud went 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base.  Andrew Lambo went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run.  Matt Hague went 2-for-5 with a run...

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Spikes’ Cole White Named NYPL Player of the Week

SPIKES’ COLE WHITE NAMED NYPL PLAYER OF THE WEEK State College Outfielder the Fourth Spike in Four Weeks to Nab Weekly League Honors STATE COLLEGE – Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced on Monday that State College Spikes outfielder Cole White has been named the New York-Penn League’s Player of the Week for the week of July 26 – August 1, 2010. White earned the award with a 9-for-16 performance at the plate over the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost to Syracuse 8-6.  Brad Lincoln pitched six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched 0.2 innings, allowing two runs on two hits.  Derek Hankins pitched 0.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk.  Corey Hamman pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out one. Jim Negrych went 2-for-3...

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