Grading the Results from the Fastball Academy

Every pitcher must pitch off their fastball and you would think that reinforcing the location of it would be a first step for every organization. Most likely it is, but the Pirates have placed extra emphasis on it.

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The 2009 Prep Pitchers Are Top NYPL Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2010 New York-Penn League today (scouting reports here for BA subscribers), and three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects ended up on the list.  Those were Zach Von Rosenberg, who came in at number six, Colton Cain, who rated 10th, and Zack Dodson, who finished 17th. Dodson, ZVR, and Cain were the 4th, 6th, and 8th round picks respectively in the 2009 draft.  The Pirates paid a...

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Interview with 7th Round Pick Austin Kubitza

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Austin Kubitza in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, continuing their trend of taking prep pitchers in the middle rounds.  Kubitza was rated the #153 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and has a commitment to Rice, which means he will likely command an over-slot bonus.  Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to interview Austin on being drafted, his history of pitching, and how the...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/31/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis lost to Norfolk 3-2 in 11 innings.  Brian Burres pitched seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, with four walks and two strikeouts.  Corey Hamman pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Jean Machi tried for the two out save, but blew it in the ninth, allowing an unearned run.  Machi finished with two innings, one unearned run on one hit, two walks,...

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Spikes Get Back on Track With 2-1 Win Over Doubledays

SPIKES GET BACK ON TRACK WITH 2-1 WIN OVER DOUBLEDAYS BOX SCORE GAME LOG AUBURN, NY – The State College Spikes were held to just two hits in the game, but took advantage of two eighth-inning errors by the Auburn Doubledays to plate a pair of runs and come from behind to earn a 2-1 victory at Falcon Park on Saturday night. State College (21-21) mustered two doubles in the first two innings before being held out of the hit column for...

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