• Prospect Notebook: Jerry Sands Could Be a Good In-Season Addition For the Pirates

    A few weeks ago I wrote about how Jerry Sands was struggling all around, and how there were no silver linings to his game. He wasn’t hitting right-handers or left-handers. He wasn’t hitting for power. It wasn’t a home/road split, or a situation where you could point to the most recent games...

  • Prospect Notebook: When Should Taillon and Pimentel Be Promoted to Indianapolis?

    After losing 6 of 8 games last week (through May 8th), the Altoona Curve had more success this week going 4-1.  Of particular note, the team has scored more runs, a sign that the offense is starting to turn it around, but they still only managed 4.2 runs per game on average...

  • Prospect Notebook: Cole Making Progress, But Still Needs Those Strikeouts

    At the start of the year, the expectation from most Pirates fans was for Gerrit Cole to go to Triple-A as a formality, just long enough to get an extra year of control and avoid Super Two status. As it turned out, Cole had some work to do at the level before...

  • Prospect Notebook: Castro, Glasnow Pitching Well for West Virginia

    Through the first few weeks of the 2013 season the West Virginia Power proved it could hit, but the pitching left something to be desired. That trend started to turn recently with Power pitchers starting to pick up the slack — especially Orlando Castro and Tyler Glasnow. Castro leads the team with...

  • Prospect Notebook: Lambo a Bright Spot in Altoona; Sadler Shows Promise

    It was a rough week for the Altoona Curve, winning only one of their last seven games.  The team continues to struggle offensively, a problem compounded by first baseman Matt Curry going on the disabled list with a right hand injury.  On the bright side, Andrew Lambo continues to hit for power...

  • Prospect Notebook: The Other Guys From the Hanrahan Trade

    Joel Hanrahan was placed on the disabled list in Boston yesterday with right forearm tightness. I’ve pointed out in the past that the Hanrahan trade is looking good, simply because of how Hanrahan’s value has plummeted, Mark Melancon has rebounded to a top reliever, and Stolmy Pimentel has gotten off to a...

  • Prospect Notebook: Vasquez, Curry, and Lambo leading the Altoona offense

    The Curve lost their best hitter when Adalberto Santos went down with a hip injury April 15, and the offense has struggled for noticeable spells in the early season.  Santos returned Tuesday night, so there is some optimism he’ll be able to pick up where he left off prior to his injury....

  • Prospect Notebook: Pirates Have a Lot of Pitching Depth in Indianapolis

    The Indianapolis Indians are off to a 19-7 start this year, which is their best start in 54 years. The last time they started off this well was in 1959, when they went 22-7 to start the year. Minor league wins and losses don’t mean much. The main focus is developing players...

  • Prospect Notebook: Recapping Week Two in Altoona

    The Curve played seven games in the past seven days, going 4-3, to move to 8-10 on the season.  As with last week’s prospect notebook, this review highlights the Curve players who have grabbed my attention this past week for one reason or another. And as with last week’s recap, the same...

  • Prospect Notebook: Pirates Won’t Hold Oliver Back, Cole Having Command Issues

    One of the top starters in the minor league system this year has been Andy Oliver. His start last week was the highest game score in the minor league system this year, and it was the second of three weeks where he was the top pitcher. Oliver was acquired from the Detroit...

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