The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change
Sep10

The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

A little under a year ago, things weren’t exactly looking up for Neal Huntington and the Pirates’ front office. The team had improved significantly over the previous two years, but had just suffered its second straight late-season collapse. A lot of fans – including me – thought the team should find a new GM. More importantly, principal owner Robert Nutting had stated he was going to do a thorough review, one that was widely expected...

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Jarek Cunningham Hits 19th Homer in Altoona’s Final Game
Sep02

Jarek Cunningham Hits 19th Homer in Altoona’s Final Game

The Altoona Curve lost a tough game in eleven innings to end the season on a sour note. The Curve had a 2-0 lead until the seventh inning. Alen Hanson helped the Akron Aeros get the lead with a fielding error. Akron’s Matt Lawson broke the tie in the eleventh with an RBI single to right field, which was followed by a Chris Wallace sacrifice fly. The Curve got on board in the third inning thanks to a two-out rally with no one base....

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Alex Dickerson Wins Two Awards and Celebrates With Four Hit Night
Sep02

Alex Dickerson Wins Two Awards and Celebrates With Four Hit Night

Before the game Sunday, Alex Dickerson was named as the Curve team MVP and as the Eastern League Rookie of the Year. In the first inning, Dickerson put an exclamation point on both awards as he hit a three-run home run to right field to highlight an eight-run inning for the Curve in a 8-3 victory over the Akron Aeros, the Cleveland Indians’ AA affiliate. “He (Dickerson) put a good season together,” Curve manager Carlos Garcia said....

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Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson
Aug27

Pirates Sending Five to the AFL, Including Alen Hanson

The Pittsburgh Pirates are sending five players to the Arizona Fall League, led by top infield prospect Alen Hanson. The players are: Zack Thornton, RHP – Thornton was acquired for Chris Resop, and has spent time with Indianapolis, Altoona, and Bradenton. In his time with Altoona he has a 2.32 ERA in 31 innings, with an 11.3 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9 ratio. Those are some dominant numbers, and he has the chance to be a sleeper middle...

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Top Performers: Buckner Showing Off His Power; Hanson Heating Up in Altoona
Aug26

Top Performers: Buckner Showing Off His Power; Hanson Heating Up in Altoona

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. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level, rather than combining their stats. Notes on the...

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