The State College Spikes, short-season A-ball affiliate of the Pirates, concluded their season on Wednesday night. One of the organization’s top pitching prospects, 18 year old Luis Heredia, pitched exceptional in the season finale. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits, against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers as the Spikes won, 5-0.
They went 35-41 overall, and won three of their last five games. Heredia finished with a 4-2 record and a 2.71 ERA in 14 starts. Other top performers for State College this season include outfielder Tyler Gaffney (.297 avg, 11 SB in 38 games), shortstop D.J. Crumlich (.292 avg, 29 RBI in 69 games), and pitcher Clay Holmes (2.28 ERA in 59.1 innings).
Brock Holt, who made his MLB debut this week, became the 16th Spike to play in the big leagues. Holt hit .299 with six homers and 33 RBI for the Spikes in 2009. The article states,
“Holt joins 2009 Spikes Pitcher of the Year Kyle McPherson, who made his Pirates debut on August 20, on the list of Spikes to take the “Road to the Show” from State College to the Major Leagues. 2006 Spikes David Carpenter, Allen Craig, Mark Hamilton, Brendan Ryan, Luke Gregerson, Jason Motte, Adam Ottavino, Donovan Solano and P.J. Walters have all seen Major League action since the Spikes’ debut season. The roll call of Spikes to the Majors also includes current and former Pirates Chase d’Arnaud (2008), Matt Hague (2008), Jordy Mercer (2008), Daniel Moskos (2007) and Tony Watson (2007).”
Go Bucs/Go Spikes