Kelson Brown Leads Altoona Over Bowie in Ten

Altoona beat Bowie behind a big night from utility infielder Kelson Brown, who was subbing at short for an injured Brock Holt.  Brown drove in Altoona’s first run in the first inning with a sac fly, scored a go-ahead run after leading off the 6th with a double, and drove in the eventual winner in the top of the 10th with a two-out triple.  The left fielder missed a diving catch on the play or it would have been a single, but the...

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Altoona Tops Bowie in Alderson’s First Start

After pitching well out of the Altoona (and, briefly, Indianapolis) bullpen for six weeks, Tim Alderson got his first start Tuesday night at Bowie. The Curve won the game, 7-3, beating top prospect Dylan Bundy’s older brother, Bobby. Altoona scored three in the third to take a 3-1 lead, but after the Baysox tied the game with two in the fourth, Altoona took the lead for good and closed out the scoring with four runs in the fifth...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/13

The biggest “up” trend in the Pirates’ farm system lately has been Indianapolis, which has won 14 of its last 19.  Help appears to be ready in AAA, but the Pirates being the Pirates, it’s mostly in the form of starting pitching, which is the one thing the Pirates don’t need.  Indianapolis does have some guys hitting, but . . . well, we’ll get to that. TRENDING UP Jordy Mercer, IF (AAA):  Mercer...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/6

Some of the hitters in the system started picking it up in the past week.  Apart from hitters mentioned here, Robbie Grossman and Tony Sanchez started showing some signs of life.  Alen Hanson just keeps hitting; I’m going to give him a rest for a week. TRENDING UP Jake Fox, 1B (AAA):  Fox has been hot since he got healthy and joined Indianapolis.  In 13 games so far, he’s hitting 342/432/605.  He’s fanned only three...

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Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/29

The big news of the week, of course, was the no-hitter by Justin Wilson and two Indianapolis relievers.  Wilson’s been on and off with his control this year, but two other starters in the system, Jameson Taillon and Rudy Owens, have been pitching consistently well lately.  On the hitting front, not so much has been going well. TRENDING UP Starling Marte, OF (AAA):  Marte didn’t have a very good weekend, going 1-8 with four...

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