In my preview last week of the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, I pointed out this quote by Kyle Stark in the Altoona Mirror:
It's possible, Stark said, that the entire starting infield of first baseman Matt Hague, second baseman Jordy Mercer, shortstop Chase d'Arnaud and third baseman Josh Harrison could be back with the Curve. Those four played together all of last season, with Hague and Harrison enjoying the most success.
"There is a chance that you could see all or none [in Altoona], depending on what happens with the big league team and the Triple-A team," Stark said. "A lot of it may be outside of their control. Some of it may be within their control."
That Altoona infield has been together for two full seasons, winning the Carolina League championship in high-A in 2009, and winning the Eastern League championship in AA in 2010. However, the 2011 season seems like the time to break the group up, even if it's just for the start of the season. Matt Hague and Josh Harrison ...
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