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2011 Altoona Curve Roster Announced

Marte is one of the many prospects who will make the important jump to AA this year.

The Altoona Curve roster for the 2011 season was announced today by the Curve and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The breakdown is as follows:

C – Tony Sanchez

1B – Miles Durham

2B – Brock Holt

SS – Jordy Mercer

3B – Jeremy Farrell

OF – Quincy Latimore

OF – Starling Marte

OF – Brad Chalk

Bench – Eric Fryer, Kris Watts, Shelby Ford, Jose Hernandez

SP – Bryan Morris

SP – Jeff Locke

SP – Aaron Pribanic

SP – Brian Leach

SP – Aaron Thompson

Bullpen – Tim Alderson, Tom Boleska, Anthony Claggett, Mike Colla, Michael Dubee, Jared Hughes, Noah Krol

I’ve previewed most of the roster in the past month (infield, outfield, rotation, bullpen).  A few notes on some of the differences between my projections and the actual roster:

-Jeremy Farrell will make the jump to AA, despite missing a lot of time in 2010.  That’s not a huge surprise, since Tony Sanchez, Brock Holt, and Starling Marte are basically doing the same thing.

-Brad Chalk will round out the outfield.  Chalk was a Rule 5 pick in the minor league phase of the draft this year.  Jose Hernandez will skip over high-A, moving right to the AA bench.  Those two moves demonstrate that the outfield is an area of weakness in the upper levels of the Pirates’ system, at least as far as prospect depth goes.

-No word on who will start between Aaron Thompson and Tim Alderson.  I saw both of them being used as starters in Spring Training, so there’s a chance that they could piggyback at the start of the season.  They could both get starting time once Morris and/or Locke move up to AAA. UPDATE: Cory Giger reports that Alderson will start out the year in the bullpen.  I guess he could still be in a spot starter role, or manage to get a lot of innings in that scenario.

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  • http://twitter.com/Spazaru Murray Passarieu

    This means Lambo at AAA for sure? Hope he can make it there; I’m a little surprised they didn’t start him at Altoona

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Yeah, Lambo has been slated for AAA for awhile.

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