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Matt Curry – Top 1B prospect in the system?

Matt Curry – Top 1B prospect in the system?

Curry is hitting his way to Bradenton early in 2011

The early part of the 2011 minor league season has seen more than a few players get off to hot starts, but leading the pack so far is West Virginia Power first baseman Matt Curry.  Curry is off to a .400/.481/.800 (1281 OPS) start after Wednesday's game.  Embedded within that .800 slugging percentage are 6 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 homers.  Additionally, Curry has walked 8 times and struck out only 4 times in 45 at-bats.  In the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide, I had Curry ranked #22 on my personal list heading into the season (he placed #44 overall by Pirates Prospects staff).  Additionally, in the 2011 Minor League Preview for the West Virginia Power, 3 of the 5 staff members selected Curry as their Hitter of the Year pick.

Curry's 2010 debut, after being selected in the 16th round out of TCU, was impressive.  At State College, Curry made the adjustment from college to pros quite well with a .299/.421/.477 (898 OPS) trip...

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