Matt Curry – Top 1B prospect in the system?

The early part of the 2011 minor league season has seen more than a few players get off to hot starts, but leading the pack so far is West Virginia Power first baseman Matt Curry.

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Bradenton Marauders Game Report: 4/15/11

Déjà vu. In the first Marauders game that I attended in April 2010 against the Fort Myers Miracle, a tall, right-handed pitcher acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal with the Mariners threw a bunch of flat, 89-91 MPH fastballs and got hit around pretty good. In the first Marauders game that I attended in April 2011 against the Fort Myers Miracle, a tall, right-handed pitcher acquired in the Jack Wilson/Ian Snell deal with the...

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First Basemen Off to a Good Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted college first basemen near the top of each of their last three drafts.  In 2008 they selected Matt Hague in the ninth round.  Hague was drafted as a third baseman, but moved to first partially because Pedro Alvarez had taken third base, but also due to a lack of range.  The Pirates also took Calvin Anderson as a 12th round pick that year.  In 2009 they drafted Aaron Baker in the 11th round.  In 2010...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Roster Announced

The Bradenton Marauders have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Ramon Cabrera, Carlos Paulino Infielders: Calvin Anderson, Aaron Baker, Kelson Brown, Jarek Cunningham, Benji Gonzalez, Elevys Gonzalez, Adalberto Santos Outfielders: Evan Chambers, Robbie Grossman, David Rubinstein, Cole White Pitchers: Nathan Baker, Joe Beimel,...

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2011 Bradenton Marauders Preview: The Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona and Indianapolis infields so far.  The lower levels are where things start getting tricky for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The Pirates have focused heavily on the draft the past few seasons.  Because they are adding new players every year, they run in to a potential problem at the lower levels.  If a player struggles, and isn’t ready to make the jump to AA, it creates a position jam, either blocking a...

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