Dan Zangrilli reports that the Tampa Bay Rays had scouts at the Altoona Curve game tonight. Those scouts could have been there for the Detroit Tigers farm club as well, but sticking with the Pittsburgh Pirates angle, the obvious main target from the Rays is pitcher David Price.
The Curve have some interesting prospects, including shortstop Alen Hanson and outfielder Josh Bell, both of whom are top 100 prospects in baseball. Tonight was also an outing from Adrian Sampson, who has had a break-out season this year, including a one-hit complete game shutout ten days ago. Sampson didn't have his best stuff tonight, allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings. He has been strong all season though, coming into tonight with the second best ERA in the Eastern League and the best WHIP. We p...
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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.