It's still too early in the season to really dive into any stats, but I wanted to take a quick look at the pitching as a group for Altoona. Writing up several of the game recaps, while also talking to Sean McCool and Wilbur Miller about the games they covered live, Altoona had the feel of a really good pitching staff so far. I looked up their team stats and noticed that they had a 2.67 ERA, which is more than half a run better than the second best team in the Eastern League. They also lead the league with a 1.20 WHIP. They took an interesting route to get to that mark.
That ERA includes 15 innings from Brandon Waddell, Yeudy Garcia and JT Brubaker, who are the top pitching prospects at the level. They have a combined 7.20 ERA. Now, the other two starters aren't rated as high, though the...
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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.