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Can Matt Curry Be The Next Brandon Belt?

Can Matt Curry Be The Next Brandon Belt?

Curry is already at the AA level in his first full season in the pros.

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates promoted first baseman Matt Curry to Altoona, skipping him over high-A in the process.  That's not a huge jump for a guy like Curry, who was drafted in 2010 as a college senior, and has already played against the talent level he would have seen in high-A.  At the same time, it's an aggressive promotion, and one that the Pirates don't usually make.  Off the top of my head, I can't remember a prospect who has taken the same approach under Neal Huntington.  The last player I remember skipping high-A with the Pirates was Andrew McCutchen, who went from low-A to AA in 2006.  That move was a little more extreme, as McCutchen was only 19 at the time, in his first full year as a pro.

Curry was drafted in the 16th round of the 2010 draft, and ever since signing he has done nothing but hit.  In his pro debut last year, he hit for a .299/.421/.477 line in 197 at-bats in the New York Penn...

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