2010 State College Spikes Preview

Is it a bad thing that I’m going to be more interested in watching the State College Spikes once their season begins, than watching the West Virginia Power, a level above State College?  It’s not that I don’t like the prospects at West Virginia.  It’s just that it’s hard to top what State College has to offer this year, at least at the start of the season. The big thing to watch for will be the...

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State College Spikes Roster Announced

The 2010 State College Spikes will begin their season on Friday, on the road against Williamsport.  The 2010 roster has been announced by Guy Cipriano of the Centre Daily Times.  The roster is as follows: PITCHERS Brooks PoundersEliecer NavarroJarryd SullivanJustin EnnisKevin DeckerMitchell FienemannSandobal SeptimoTeddy FallonZac FuesserZach Von RosenbergZack Dodson CATCHERS Jairo MarquezMatt SkirvingMiguel Mendez...

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2010 Draft: Top Prep Players and Their Commitments

In the past two drafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money luring top prep prospects away from their commitments to major colleges.  In 2008 the Pirates signed Robbie Grossman for $1 M, stealing him from Texas.  They also signed Quinton Miller for $900 K, stealing him from UNC.  Jarek Cunningham had committed to Arizona State, and Wes Freeman had committed to Central Florida, yet both players ended up...

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What is the 2010 draft budget?

An important topic with the upcoming draft will be the budget the Pirates have to sign players.  In the past two years, the Pirates have shelled out $18.7 M in bonuses, which ranks number one in the majors.  They’ve taken two different approaches, first shelling out big money for Pedro Alvarez, then drafting for signability with Tony Sanchez, and in each case they ended up spending around $9 M or more a year. In 2008...

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Where are the high school arms?

I get asked this question a lot: where are the high school arms from the 2009 draft? The simple answer is that they’re in Extended Spring Training, with the exception of Colton Cain, who has been injured with a back issue, although Cain would have also been in Extended Spring Training. Chances are the Pirates will take the same approach with these players as they took with Quinton Miller in 2009.  Miller was drafted in the...

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