Minor Moves: Justin Howard to the Altoona DL, Dan Gamache and Nate Baker Activated
Jul07

Minor Moves: Justin Howard to the Altoona DL, Dan Gamache and Nate Baker Activated

The Altoona Curve have made a few roster moves, adding one player to the disabled list and taking two players off the DL. Justin Howard has been added to the DL with a right ankle injury. Infielder Dan Gamache has been activated from the DL after missing the first three months of the season with a broken foot. Left-handed pitcher Nate Baker has also been activated, after missing time with a left teres major injury. Gamache should see...

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Pirates Trade Chris Dickerson to the Cleveland Indians
Jul07

Pirates Trade Chris Dickerson to the Cleveland Indians

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded outfielder Chris Dickerson to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, or cash. Paul Hoynes reports that Dickerson will be in uniform for the Indians tonight. Dickerson had some good numbers for the Indianapolis Indians this season, posting a .309/.407/.479 line in 236 at-bats. He also played a mentor role to Gregory Polanco while the young outfielder was in Triple-A. He could have been...

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Top 10 Hitters: Is JaCoby Jones a Candidate For a Mid-Season Promotion?
Jul07

Top 10 Hitters: Is JaCoby Jones a Candidate For a Mid-Season Promotion?

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Notes on the top ten players from the last week can be found below the chart. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual...

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Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game
Jul07

Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game

The Eastern League All-Star rosters have been announced, and the Altoona Curve will be sending six players to the game. Right handed pitchers Adrian Sampson and Ryan Beckman, catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia, shortstop Alen Hanson, and infielder/outfielder Drew Maggi have all been selected to the game. This is the third All-Star selection for Hanson, and the first for every other player. The game will be hosted in Altoona...

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Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections
Jul07

Pirates Are Moving Closer to the Wild Card in Latest Playoff Projections

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a big week this past week, going 5-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies. The results showed up in the playoff projections, leading to a big increase in the Pirates’ odds going forward. Just last week I wrote about how the Pirates managed to creep back into the playoff picture. Now they’re in the process of moving up the list of playoff contenders. Each week we will...

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