McPherson, Curve Stifle Bowie

Altoona won its second in a row over Bowie tonight, 4-2, behind five shutout innings from Kyle McPherson. He allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out three. Tony Sanchez reached base all four times up with a double, two singles and a hit batsman. McPherson relied mainly on a fastball that sat at 92-93. His velocity stayed the same through all five innings and he commanded the fastball well. He also threw a fairly...

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McKechnie Park Effects — Some Context

This is a followup to Kevin Creagh’s article on the effect of McKechnie Field on the hitting stats of the Bradenton Marauders. Kevin concludes that McKechnie may inflate those stats and also that Altoona’s Blair County Ballpark may deflate them once those players reach the Curve.  There are a couple aspects to this discussion that I think need to be addressed.  With respect to McKechnie, one obvious question is “inflate over what?” ...

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Pribanic Shuts Down Bowie

Behind six strong innings from Aaron Pribanic, the Altoona Curve beat playoff hopeful Bowie on the road tonight, 5-1.  Pribanic allowed seven hits, all but one singles, walked one and fanned four.  The Curve put the game away with four runs in the first, as Bowie starter Armando Gabino recorded only one out.  Starling Marte finished with a single, double and triple in five at-bats for the Curve. As he generally does, Pribanic relied...

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Are We There Yet? Part Three

The comparison between the 2007 and projected 2012 farm system continues at the high A level. Breaking a farm system down into players who are prospects and those who aren’t gets a little harder once you’re talking about class A teams, because at that level nearly everybody is a prospect to some extent. With 2007 Lynchburg and the projected players for 2012 Bradenton, I’ll try, though, to give some sense of which players looked like...

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Are We There Yet? Part Two

This is the second part of a look at how the Pirates’ farm system stood at the beginning of 2007, compared to how it may look at the beginning of 2012. The assignments for 2012 are, of course, just my best guesses. Also See: Are We There Yet? Part One Catcher 2007: Brian Peterson, Dave Parrish 2012: Ramon Cabrera, Carlos Paulino Peterson and Parrish were both veteran minor leaguers. The Pirates will face some tough decisions with the...

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