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 small sample size disclaimer is necessary.  It’s a long season, and I am only offering a glimpse of one week.  Now that that’s out of the way . . ....

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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 Tigers over the off-season in a one-for-one trade for catching prospect Ramon Cabrera. He was a second rounder in the 2009 draft, taken by Detroit 58th overall. He...

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Prospect Notebook: Sampson’s Early Inning Jitters, Benedict’s Off-Speed Stuff

One of the starters I was looking forward to seeing this year in Bradenton was Adrian Sampson. I heard a lot of good reports on him from last season, and saw him pitch during instructs. He received a somewhat aggressive promotion to Bradenton this year, and has made all three starts on the year at home, giving me three chances to see him in the early part of the season. In all three starts, the story was the same. Sampson started off...

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Prospect Notebook: Luis Heredia, Zack Dodson, and Rinku Singh Set to Return Soon

I’ve had a lot of questions early in the year about the progress of Luis Heredia. The right-hander is in extended Spring Training, and hasn’t thrown in many games. He has been throwing on the side, and pitched a live batting practice earlier this week. Back in the middle of March I spoke with Pirates farm director Larry Broadway, who said that the team would probably take a similar approach with Heredia as they did with...

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Prospect Notebook: Looking Deeper at Another Group of Breakout Players in West Virginia

We are two weeks into the season, and once again it looks like West Virginia is the team to watch for breakout performers. The offense currently has four regulars with an .800 OPS or better. Other guys on the roster have potential and talent, but don’t have the numbers yet. It’s still early in the season, so some of those numbers could come up in a hurry. I’ve talked about the basic numbers a lot in the early part of...

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Prospect Notebook: Zack Von Rosenberg Switches to a Two-Seam Fastball

When Zack Von Rosenberg was drafted, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have any ace pitching prospects. Jameson Taillon was a year away from being drafted. Luis Heredia was a year and a few months away from being signed. Gerrit Cole was two years away from being drafted. And the last time the Pirates had an ace in the majors was arguably when Doug Drabek was on the team. The hope with the 2009 draft class was that one of those...

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