Comments on: 2012 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:25:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22103 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:39:29 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22103 You guys may be right about Curry, but he has been overlooked since being drafted in the 16th Round. I like him because he signed fast and showed up at State College almost immediately where he hit .299 in 197 AB’s. Then in Lo A in 2011 after 2 months he was up in the Top 3 hitters in Lo A with First round picks Bryce Harper and Bryce Brentz. Because of a logjam at 1B in Hi A he was promoted to Altoona from Lo A. He struggled (.242), but did fairly well at AA in 2012 which would have been his normal time for getting to that level. He led the team in doubles (34), was 2nd in HR (11), led in RBI (76), and led in Walks (44) in 396 AB’s. An Extra Base Hit every 7.9 AB’s and a glove that was .997 at Lo A, .994 at AA Altoona in 2011, and was around .995 this year at AA. The kid has no quit in him, and I would be surprised if he does not make it to PNC sometime in 2013. A RH fielder and LH hitter, he has enough pop to be 20-25 HR/yr. Hitting 11 at Altoona in less than 400 AB’s is an excellent accomplishment. The Q hit 15 in only 413 AB’s.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22102 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:32:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22102 Yeah, and hopefully he doesn’t need to spend much time there, lol. Fingers crossed that this group of guys here will be enough to make up for the relative lack of impact that appeared in both Indy and Bradenton this year.

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By: WNCRoadBowling http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22100 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 02:08:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22100 Which is probably why I expected less when I originally clicked the link. I was thinking more of how Altoona ended than how it began and progressed through the year.

A big hole in the system at the moment.

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By: WTM http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22099 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 02:05:20 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22099 It’s way easier to go ten deep with Altoona, or any other team in the system, than with Bradenton. The Curve are gonna be pretty weak next year, prospect-wise. Pretty much Taillon and pray for rain.

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By: WNCRoadBowling http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22098 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:51:16 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22098 I look at that list and think that four or five of those guys could spend a decent amount of time in the majors next year. Heck, I could see three of them as starters by the end of the year depending on progress and off-season signings. I don’t think that’s too bad. Honestly a little better than I was expecting to see.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22097 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 23:40:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22097 WTM…I’m with you on both Black and Welker over Curry. i’m not high on Matt myself.

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By: WTM http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22095 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:53:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22095 Personally, I doubt Curry will reach the majors for more than a cup of coffee or two. His ceiling is AAAA semi-slugger. Black’s ceiling is good late-inning reliever, with at least a moderate-length ML career. I’d put Curry after Holt. If Duke Welker is eligible for this list, I’d put him ahead of Curry.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22094 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:53:33 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22094 There’s really not much of a difference between those two in overall value. There’s not a big gap between most of the guys in the middle of that list.

That said, Black’s numbers looked great this year, but I’d hesitate to say that he’s going to have a smooth ride from Altoona to the majors next year. He does have control issues, which could be exposed more as he moves up, and especially in the majors. I’m not looking at his Altoona success and assuming no issues at the next two levels. So that’s part of why he fell behind Curry.

There are two positions I usually grade lower than most people: first basemen and relievers. Curry and Black are about the same value wise for their respective positions. Curry doesn’t have consistent power, and Black struggles with control. All things equal, I’d take the first baseman over the reliever, which is a big reason why I went Curry over Black. But as I said, there’s very little difference. It’s splitting hairs.

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By: wkkortas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/2012-altoona-curve-season-recap-and-top-10-prospects.html#comment-22093 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 20:21:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=43937#comment-22093 It’s interesting that you rate Curry above Black. Black would seem to have a clear-cut role as a back-of-the-pen option at the major league level, and could show up in Pittsburgh as early as next year. Curry’s tool is his bat, and at this stage–especially given his unexceptional power numbers–it doesn’t appear that it’s enough to give him a clear path to the big leagues. I understand that, all things being equal, an everday player has more value than an 8th-inning guy, but Curry seems to be a classic Quad-A type to me.

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