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.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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