Top Performers: Jacob Stallings Shows Some Offense to Pair With His Strong Defense

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. In normal weeks, only players with a 3.0 RC or better are included on the list below. Since this was a shortened week, I included the top 20...

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State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Hitters

The Spikes didn’t have many standout young hitting prospects. Most of the younger prospects skipped over State College this year and went directly to West Virginia. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Jose Osuna, and Willy Garcia all played in the GCL last year, and a few of them stopped briefly in State College at the end of the year before moving on to West Virginia this season. Below are the stats from each hitter in State College,...

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State College Spikes Players Notes: 6/25/12

The State College Spikes opened a three-game series against the Batavia Muckdogs Monday night at Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium. It was State College’s first true road trip of the season, and 2011 seventh-rounder Jake Burnette, a 6-foot-4 prep right-hander from Georgia, was on the mound. Like most of their games early in the season, the Spikes (6-2) utilized solid situational hitting and a plethora of singles to seize a 7-4 win...

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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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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona, Indianapolis, and Bradenton infields so far.  The final full season team to cover is the West Virginia Power. Here is a look at each position, with an attempt to try and figure out the opening day roster at the end. Catcher The top catching prospects in the lower level are Elias Diaz and Joey Schoenfeld.  Both catchers spent time in the Gulf Coast League, and both could move up to full season ball this...

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