After seeing Altoona play a three game series in Trenton this week, I'll summarize my impressions of the top prospects that I saw, many of them for the first time in person. To make things easier I'll concentrate only on the players that could rank among the top 30 prospects in the system. Unfortunately I was not able to see either Bryan Morris or Tim Alderson make an appearance so I have nothing new on them, although both are pitching well at this time. I've also included links to all three wrap-ups so you can read the game by game reports:
I'll start with the player I have rated highest on my list. Starling Marte only lasted four innings of the first game, so there wasn't much to go on, but I did get a good look at his strong arm as he threw a player out at home plate trying to score from 2B on a line drive up the middle. In his only two AB's he made good contact hitting hard grounders right back up the middle and he showed good speed running ...
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.