Today we wrap up the 2011 Altoona Curve preview with a look at the bullpen. So far we've covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers. As I mentioned in last week's preview of the Indianapolis bullpen, a minor league bullpen isn't overly important. That's especially true the lower you go in the minors. Most bullpen guys in the lower levels aren't likely to reach the majors, and if they do, their upside is a middle reliever. The exceptions are guys like Diego Moreno. Just like last week, we won't go over every last player who could possibly pitch in the bullpen this year.
The Top Prospects
Moreno will get another shot at Altoona this year.
The Pirates have two hard throwing prospects expected to start out the 2011 season in Altoona: Diego Moreno and Ramon Aguero. Both right handers are hard throwers who project as future late inning relievers in the majors.
Moreno arrived in Altoona last year, pitching 7.2 innings with a 7.04 ERA, a 14.1 K/9, and a 3...
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