John Eshleman

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Recapping Week One in Altoona

    I should start by acknowledging that I’m taking some liberties by saying “week one” since I’m actually looking back over the first 11 games of the season. This review highlights the Curve players who have grabbed my attention at this very early stage of the season. Before diving in, it is PIVOTAL...

  • Prospect Reports
    Video Breakdown: Jameson Taillon’s 10 K Outing

    By now, most of you have heard that Pirates #2 prospect Jameson Taillon had a career high 10 strikeouts in his second start of the season on Friday night against the Harrisburg Senators. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend this game live, so instead I watched the replay on milb.tv to see what was...

  • Prospect Reports
    Sadler, Cunningham lead Curve to victory in home opener

    The Altoona Curve defeated the Harrisburg Senators 5-4 in their first home game of the year. Starting pitcher Casey Sadler was solid in the victory, going six innings and surrendering three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two. Offensively, the Curve were led by second baseman Jarek Cunningham who...

  • Season Previews
    8 prospects, 8 questions: An initial look at the Altoona Curve’s top prospects

    One fun aspect of prospect analysis is that it truly is an adventure in ‘prospecting’— looking for gold amongst the less valuable pebbles. We deal in long shots, not sure things. We speculate and ask questions that we can’t assuredly answer, use information to make a projection, and then we wait and...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates fall to Curve 8-6 in final spring tune-up

    It was an exciting day in Curve, PA as the Double-A Altoona Curve hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a record crowd of 10,116. The Curve won the game 8-6, but as an exhibition, the score can be a bit deceiving, since pitchers for both clubs switched teams to create more...

  • Season Recaps
    State College Spikes 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

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  • Injury Updates
    Injury Updates: Barrett Barnes and Jake Burnette

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  • Prospect Reports
    Heredia Finishes Season on a High Note; Features a New Curveball

    Luis Heredia won his fourth game of the year to close out the Spikes season with a 5-0 shutout against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.  Heredia was sharp tonight, using 61 pitches (38 strikes) to get through 5 innings, giving up only two hits, walking one, and striking out five.  Kevin Kleis, Bryton...

  • Prospect Reports
    Tyler Glasnow Hits 96 MPH in State College Spikes Debut

    The Spikes rallied to a 5-4 11th inning victory on a walk-off single by pinch-hitter Sammy Gonzalez...

  • Prospect Reports
    Cole Labors as Curve Fall 4-1 to Akron Aeros

    Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole did not have his best stuff tonight, taking the loss in Altoona to move his record in AA to 3-6 against the Akron Aeros.  Although Cole showed flashes of his number one starter potential, his control and command were both spotty, at times disappearing for several batters...

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