Adrian Sampson Just Misses a Complete Game No Hitter
Jul18

Adrian Sampson Just Misses a Complete Game No Hitter

Adrian Sampson has easily been the breakout pitcher of the year in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system. Tonight he continued his amazing run in Altoona, just missing a complete game no-hitter against Bowie. Sampson carried the no hitter into the ninth inning, but gave it up on an 0-2 pitch to Mike Yastrzemski, who doubled down the left field line. Prior to that, Sampson had only given up a walk and an error. The error came in the...

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Joely Rodriguez Moving to the Bullpen in Altoona
Jul17

Joely Rodriguez Moving to the Bullpen in Altoona

Joely Rodriguez came out of the bullpen in Altoona tonight after starting pitcher Orlando Castro went five innings. Altoona is just coming off their All-Star break, so I wanted to confirm that the move wasn’t due to the time off. According to Pirates’ farm director Larry Broadway, Rodriguez will be coming out of the bullpen “for the time being.” Rodriguez has a 4.44 ERA in 99.1 innings this year with Altoona,...

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Pirates Hoping to Fix the Control of a Hard Throwing Right-Handed Relief Prospect
Jul12

Pirates Hoping to Fix the Control of a Hard Throwing Right-Handed Relief Prospect

John Holdzkom is making the most of his first opportunity above High-A this season. Much of the success that he has seen this season is due to a lively fastball and some new-found control. After beginning the season with Amarillo in the Independent Leagues, Holdzkom arrived with a bang with the Pirates organization, signing as a minor league free agent at the end of June. In six innings with Altoona, he allowed just one hit and he...

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Nick Kingham Shows a Strong Changeup in His Continued Success With Indianapolis
Jul11

Nick Kingham Shows a Strong Changeup in His Continued Success With Indianapolis

There was only one situation that gave Nick Kingham any trouble in his start Thursday night with Indianapolis – the stretch. Fortunately for Kingham, he did not face the situation until the sixth inning. Not only was Kingham perfect through the first 5.2 innings, he was simply dominant against Columbus, who boasts the third best team OPS in the International League. The final line for Kingham was six shutout innings, allowing only two...

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JaCoby Jones: A Power Hitting Shortstop Prospect?
Jul09

JaCoby Jones: A Power Hitting Shortstop Prospect?

The West Virginia Power have been familiar with breakout seasons from prospects the last few years. Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson broke out at the level in 2012. Tyler Glasnow had a breakout season in 2013. The 2014 breakout player could be JaCoby Jones. The Pirates drafted Jones in the third round last year as an outfielder, but gave him some work at shortstop in his first pro season. This year they came into the season with the...

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Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game
Jul07

Altoona Sends Six Players to the Eastern League All-Star Game

The Eastern League All-Star rosters have been announced, and the Altoona Curve will be sending six players to the game. Right handed pitchers Adrian Sampson and Ryan Beckman, catcher Elias Diaz, outfielder Willy Garcia, shortstop Alen Hanson, and infielder/outfielder Drew Maggi have all been selected to the game. This is the third All-Star selection for Hanson, and the first for every other player. The game will be hosted in Altoona...

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