Transactions Recap: Thompson, Rodriguez, Cooper, Jackson

Catching up on the daily roster moves, since I was on the road all day, and haven’t figured out a way to clone myself yet: -To make room for Chase d’Arnaud on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated left handed pitcher Aaron Thompson for assignment.  Thompson was acquired off of waivers in December from the Washington Nationals.  The former first round pick got off to a good start in Altoona, before struggling and...

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Poor Defense Leads to Altoona Loss Against Richmond

Altoona got a great effort from starting pitcher Aaron Thompson tonight, as Thompson struck out seven and walked one in 4.2 innings.  However, poor defense in the third inning led to four runs allowed, with only one of them being credited to the left hander.  That, plus a lack of hitting, led to a 5-0 Altoona loss against Richmond. Thompson allowed a leadoff single in the third inning to Justin Christian.  Nick Noonan followed up with...

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Aaron Thompson is the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

Altoona Curve left hander Aaron Thompson won the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week award, after going 2-0 last week, with an 0.75 ERA.  Thompson made two starts, both lasting six innings, and combined to allow one run on three hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. He started off strong on the road in Erie, allowing one run on one hit, with a walk and two strikeouts in six innings.  His next start was even better, with six...

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Five Things That Need to Continue

It is way too early to be talking about any trends, hot starts, numbers, or anything else from the minor league season, which only started on Thursday.  Some players have gotten off to hot starts, some players have gotten off to cold starts.  Some pitchers had great outings, some pitchers had bad outings, and some pitchers haven’t even pitched yet.  Any analysis of a player’s 2011 numbers is far too premature. There are...

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Pirates Cut Ten Players From Major League Camp

Locke was optioned to Altoona today. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have made ten cuts this morning, lowering their Spring Training roster to 44 players.  The Pirates cut Andrew Lambo, Daniel Moskos, Brian Friday, Aaron Thompson, Alex Presley, Chase D’Arnaud, Tony Watson, Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, and Ramon Aguero.  Lambo, Friday, and D’Arnaud were the only non-roster invitees. The only player...

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