John Eshleman

John Eshleman joined Pirates Prospects in 2012, providing live coverage of the State College Spikes and the Altoona Curve. He will return for the 2013 season to provide coverage of the Jamestown Jammers while they are in State College. He will also be providing coverage of the Altoona Curve throughout the year. John is currently earning a Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, and he lives in State College with his fiance Allison. Also, he hates the designated hitter rule.

  • Prospect Reports
    Jameson Taillon strong as Altoona wins 5th straight

    The Altoona Curve completed a three-game sweep of the Trenton Thunder on Sunday with a 2-1 victory, their fifth in a row.  Top Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon started for the Curve, spreading out six singles over five innings while only surrendering one earned run in the no decision.  Reliever Quinton Miller picked...

  • Prospect Reports
    Curve fall 3-2 to Binghamton Mets

    The Altoona Curve dropped their series opener against the Binghamton Mets 3-2 on Friday night.  In his last game before being promoted, left fielder Andrew Lambo had both RBIs with a single in the 4th inning.  David Bromberg started and took the loss for the Curve pitching 6 innings and surrendering 6...

  • Transactions
    Andrew Lambo (finally) promoted to AAA Indianapolis

    A recurring theme in my coverage of the Altoona Curve this season has been Andrew Lambo's success.  As Tim Williams and I have both asserted, all season Lambo has been proving that he deserves a promotion.  And then tonight he contributed a two-RBI single in the 4th inning, leading to this tweet:...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: When Should Taillon and Pimentel Be Promoted to Indianapolis?

    After losing 6 of 8 games last week (through May 8th), the Altoona Curve had more success this week going 4-1.  Of particular note, the team has scored more runs, a sign that the offense is starting to turn it around, but they still only managed 4.2 runs per game on average...

  • Prospect Reports
    Jameson Taillon and Neil Walker lead Curve to Mother’s Day victory

    The Altoona Curve defeated the Richmond Squirrels in walk-off fashion earlier today 2-1.  After second baseman Neil Walker tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth inning, Andrew Lambo walked and eventually came around to score from second when pinch-hitter Charlie Cutler hit a line drive to deep center that...

  • Prospect Reports
    Pimentel struggles but bats rescue Curve in 9-8 victory

    Two major stories coming out of Altoona this season have been how good pitcher Stolmy Pimentel has been and how poorly the offense has swung the bat.  Tonight, those stories were switched, with the line-up leading the way on a night when Pimentel struggled for the first time in 2013.  The Curve...

  • Injury Updates
    Matt Curry Has Hamate Surgery

    Matt Curry had hamate surgery. Photo Credit: David Hague Altoona Curve first baseman Matt Curry had surgery to fix the fractured hamate bone in his right wrist yesterday.  Curry was our #34 prospect in the Pirates system entering 2013, and losing the middle-of-the-line up threat will likely hurt the already struggling Curve...

  • Injury Updates
    Walker goes 1-for-4 in first rehab start; injured hand feels good

    Neil Walker went 1-for-4 in a rehab assignment with Altoona tonight. Photo credit: David Hague Pirates second baseman Neil Walker saw his first game action in thirteen days, making a rehab start in Altoona tonight for the AA Curve.  The switch-hitter went 1-for-4 from the right side, registering a double in his...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Lambo a Bright Spot in Altoona; Sadler Shows Promise

    It was a rough week for the Altoona Curve, winning only one of their last seven games.  The team continues to struggle offensively, a problem compounded by first baseman Matt Curry going on the disabled list with a right hand injury.  On the bright side, Andrew Lambo continues to hit for power...

  • Analysis
    Stolmy Pimentel’s Season, In His Own Words

    Stolmy Pimentel has a 0.30 ERA in 30.1 IP. Photo Credit: Mark Olson Through three weeks in Altoona, the biggest story coming out of the AA affiliate is Stolmy Pimentel’s remarkable success.  While some of us predicted he would be effective in AA this season, the results so far are beyond all...

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