Last year the Altoona Curve had four of the top pitching prospects in the farm system. This year they've had top prospects, but it's been different. Jeff Locke and Bryan Morris returned to Altoona, and for some reason, both pitchers struggled initially, after having success at the level in 2010. Top performers like Kyle McPherson and Phil Irwin joined the team mid-season, putting up strong numbers, but McPherson is the only guy from the 2011 rotation who has a good chance of being better than a #4-5 starter.
Four members of the 2011 Altoona pitching staff have already made it on to the major league roster, including Jeff Locke, who was just called up yesterday after some strong pitching in AAA. Here is a look at how everyone at the AA level performed this season, broken down by age group.
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