Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn't start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year.
Andrew Lambo finally broke out and moved beyond Double-A. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The biggest story among the hitters was Andrew Lambo. Prior to the 2013 season, Lambo had spent parts of five seasons at the Double-A level. He was once a top 50 prospect in baseball, but was rushed to Double-A at the age of 19, and never really lived up to his hype. This was the year where everything finally came together for the outfielder, and it happened at a still-young age of 24 (Lambo turned 25 by the end of the season)...
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