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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: The Outfield

2011 Altoona Curve Preview: The Outfield

Marte will start the 2011 season in Altoona.

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 Altoona Curve infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates' AA affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we'll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in Altoona this season.

Could Return to Altoona

In the preview of the Indianapolis outfield last week, I mentioned that Gorkys Hernandez and Andrew Lambo are both candidates to return to Altoona at the start of the season.  Despite that, I went on to predict that both would start the year in AAA.  Based on how each player played last year, I wouldn't put them anywhere near 100% to jump to the next level, but I think their chances of going to AAA are better than their chances of returning to Altoona.  If they do return to Altoona, I don't see them lasting long, assuming they get off to a good start.  I also only...

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