Matt Curry and Dan Gamache Were the Top Hitters in the System Last Week

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team. There are many formulas...

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Adalberto Santos and Phil Irwin Win Eastern League Player of the Week Awards

The Altoona Curve took both Eastern League Player of the Week honors this week, as Adalberto Santos was named the EL Hitter of the Week, while Phil Irwin was named the EL Pitcher of the Week. Irwin pitched a gem on Thursday. In the first game of a double header he pitched a seven inning complete game shutout, giving up two hits, one walk, and striking out nine. Kristy Robinson had a live report of the start. Santos has been on fire at...

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Kyle McPherson Struggles, Hit With Two Line Drives; Santos Update

Kyle McPherson started the season on the disabled list after suffering right shoulder inflammation during spring training. The right-hander, who was slated to join Triple-A in 2012, instead was sent to Double-A after finally getting healthy in June. In his first three starts last month, McPherson struggled, posting a 4.76 ERA in those outings. He has been working to get back on track in July, allowing nine earned over 21.1 innings...

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Adalberto Santos Making Most of Opportunity

Outfielder Adalberto Santos made the jump to Double-A Altoona to start the 2012 season, after a solid year at High-A Bradenton last year. The outfielder had a .316/.398/.477 line in his two year career since being drafted in the 22nd round in 2010. “Just with all the preparation, BP, getting work in the cages, doing my work everyday is translating on the field,” Santos said. “Everything has been going good so...

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Prospect Notebook: Alderson Needs to Earn Rotation Spot

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Pirates promoted right-handed pitcher Tim Alderson from Altoona to Indianapolis. The move was made due to a combination of promotions and injuries that left Indianapolis short on pitchers. The Pirates promoted Brad Lincoln to the majors, and Shairon Martis went on the disabled list in Triple-A, forcing the need for two pitchers to be promoted. The Pirates filled that need with Alderson and left-handed...

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