Matt Curry Promoted to Altoona

Curry has been promoted to Altoona.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Matt Curry to Altoona, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Curry, a left handed first baseman who was drafted in the 16th round of the 2010 draft, makes the jump from West Virginia, skipping over high-A Bradenton.

So far this season, Curry has a .361/.477/.671 line in 155 at-bats in West Virginia, with nine homers, 15 doubles, and three triples.  His plate patience was amazing, with a 29:35 K/BB ratio.  That’s a walk in 17.9% of his plate appearances, and a strikeout in 18.7% of his at-bats.  He was blocked at first base in high-A by Aaron Baker, who got off to a hot start, but has since cooled to a .275/.345/.449 line in 178 at-bats.

The jump over high-A for Curry shouldn’t be a big problem for him.  He was drafted as a college senior, so he’s already faced the talent level that he would have seen in high-A.  He was a little too old for low-A, as shown by his dominating numbers.  Curry turns 23 in July, so he’s now age appropriate for his level.  This will be the first challenge he’s faced as a pro, and if he’s successful in AA, we could see him in the majors in 2012.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6KEYHS3XWH74U3LRIHGWL7XPBA Nate

    Looking forward to seeing how Curry adjusts to AA and how the whole situation unfolds.  Considering the Pirates have been unable to draft and develop their own 1B in what seems like a 20 years, this is a good sign.

  • Anonymous

    Important move and IMO the right move, shows the Pirates are no sterotype and players can move fast if they warrant the move.

  • Anonymous

    Important move and IMO the right move, shows the Pirates are no sterotype and players can move fast if they warrant the move.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AGRPLJJRC5GNBYXDY6LHF2U6DU white angus

    for the record, the average age for players in the SAL is 22 years old.  Curry is actually going to be one of the youngest guys on the Altoona squad, with Latimore and Alderson also 22 years old.

    • Anonymous

      That’s true about the AVERAGE age, but for true prospects the acceptable standards are:
      Low A – 20-21
      High A – 21-22
      Double A – 22-23
      Triple A – 23-24

      All it takes is a few 25 year olds in Low A to screw up the average.

  • Anonymous

    This is the top move I’ve been waiting for, cant wait to see what he does at a more age appropriate level.