2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep17

2014 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona featured a lot of breakout players this year, including two of the biggest breakout stories in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system in Adrian Sampson and Elias Diaz. They also had their share of top prospects throughout the year, including Nick Kingham at the start of the year, and Josh Bell at the end of the year. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by the top ten prospects this year. The...

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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class
Sep07

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class

Last week, we looked at the progress of the top international prospects from 2012 and how they were doing in the system two years later. Now we take a look at the Pirates’ 2012 draft class and how those twenty signed players are doing in the system. That was the year the Pirates didn’t sign Mark Appel and also missed out on fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, so this class was immediately hurt by losing upside talent....

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Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors
Aug31

Sampson Finishes Strong at Indianapolis, But Still Has Work to Do Before the Majors

In his final start before the minor league season ending, Adrian Sampson allowed just one earned run in 5.2 innings on four hits. Sampson walked a pair and struck out five. Coming into the start, Sampson’s ERA had ballooned up to over 8.00 with Indianapolis. Odd numbered outings did not go well for the right-hander. In his first and third start combined, Sampson allowed 11 runs on 19 hits in 5.2 innings. In his second start,...

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First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help
Aug30

First Pitch: Thoughts From Indy on Lambo’s Power, Top Pitchers, and Bullpen Help

Andrew Lambo, who had a starting big league job in the spring to lose, managed to do just that. Along with this collapse, Lambo managed to avoid a call up, despite hitting .332 with a .962 OPS in 60 games with Indianapolis. That streak ended today when the Pirates called him up, likely for the remainder of the season. But why did it take this long? After the trade for Ike Davis on April 18, I reported that Lambo was no longer playing...

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Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz
Aug26

Pirates AFL Roster Includes Glasnow, Kingham, Bell, Sampson, and Diaz

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending eight players to the Arizona Fall League this off-season, with the eight players playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Scorpions will be managed by Jeff Banister. Tyler Glasnow, Josh Bell, and Nick Kingham headline the list of players who will be playing in the showcase league. The Pirates will be sending their two top healthy pitching prospects in Glasnow and Kingham. Glasnow should start...

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