• Brock Holt Named Altoona MVP; Phil Irwin Altoona’s Pitcher of the Year

    The Altoona Curve announced their 2012 Team Awards today, giving out honors for the Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Fireman of the Year, and the Unsung Hero. Brock Holt took home the top award, being named the team's MVP. Holt was promoted to Indianapolis earlier this month, and in that...

  • Starling Marte and Tim Wood Named to IL All-Star Team

    The International League announced their postseason All-Star rosters this week, and two Indianapolis Indians were named to the squad. Starling Marte and Tim Wood both received the honors, with Wood making the list for the second year in a row. Marte hit for a .286/.347/.500 line in 388 at-bats with Indianapolis, before...

  • Pirates Focus In-House, Rather Than Waiver Claims

    With just two days remaining until the August 31 trade waiver claim ends, Manager Clint Hurdle said the focus for the Pittsburgh Pirates down the stretch is internal. "I think right now as we tier things down, our focus starts in house, and then it moves down from there," Hurdle said. " if something...

  • Polanco and Hanson Selected as 2012 SAL All-Stars

    The South Atlantic League has announced the selection of the 2012 Annual All-Star Team. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were chosen from the West Virginia Power for the end of the year honors. Polanco was chosen as the Most Outstanding Major League Prospect, and as an All-Star outfielder. The center fielder hit...

  • First Pitch: Five Other Altoona Players Who Could Help Indianapolis

    The Indianapolis Indians clinched the playoffs a while ago, and next week they will start their post-season run. The only problem is that their playoff-bound roster will be raided when rosters expand in September. That's not a problem. The purpose of a minor league system is to provide players for the big...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Kelly

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Pirates Weighing Options on Bedard’s Spot in Rotation

    With Erik Bedard out of the rotation, the Pirates have several days to figure out how they plan on moving forward. The club has an off day on Thursday before opening up a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday. Bedard's spot in the rotation doesn't come up until Saturday,  which is also September 1st when the Pirates can...

  • First Pitch: An Alvarez Hot Streak Would Be Great Right Now

    If there's one thing we've learned this year about Pedro Alvarez, it's that he doesn't just have one good game. He's been a very streaky player, and in most cases when he has a big game, it is usually the start of a nice hot streak. We saw this in mid-April. Alvarez...

  • Exploring the Arsenal – Jake Westbrook

    Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates September Callups Preview

    As September 1st approaches, the Pirates organization is currently in a position unlike they have seen in the past. The club sits eight games over .500 and three games back of St. Louis for the second Wild Card Spot. When looking at which players to bring up to join the club in...

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