Justin Howard Homers Again in Altoona Curve Loss
Aug12

Justin Howard Homers Again in Altoona Curve Loss

For the second consecutive night Justin Howard hit  a solo home-run to give the Altoona Curve a lead. The Curve were unable to hold on as the Senators came roaring back to win the game 5-3. The Curve not only lost the series against the Senators but this also marks the third straight series loss for the club. Harrisburg got off to a quick start against Curve lefty Eliecer Navarro in the first inning. A combination of hard hit balls...

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Prospect Notebook: Consistency is the Key For Alen Hanson
Aug11

Prospect Notebook: Consistency is the Key For Alen Hanson

Alen Hanson got off to a rough start in Bradenton this year. The shortstop was coming off a breakout year in 2012, which put him on almost every top 100 prospect list, and on a lot of top 50 lists. The Pirates had a long-term hole at shortstop to start the year, and Hanson looked like the best chance to fill that with an impact player. Yet his first ten games in Bradenton weren’t pretty. Coming in to the year the main questions...

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Howard’s Homer, Cunningham’s Clutch Hitting Lead Curve Over The Senators
Aug11

Howard’s Homer, Cunningham’s Clutch Hitting Lead Curve Over The Senators

Justin Howard launched the game winning home run in the bottom of the 8th inning that sent the Altoona Curve home victorious over the Harrisburg Senators. Howard’s blast was one of many key hits that helped the Curve even the weekend series. In the first inning the potentially lethal combination of Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco combined to give the Curve a 1-0 lead. Hanson walked and drew the attention of Senators pitcher Matt...

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Pirates Have Five in Jonathan Mayo’s Updated Top 100
Jul30

Pirates Have Five in Jonathan Mayo’s Updated Top 100

Over the weekend, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com released his mid-season top 100 prospects. The list, along with the updated Pirates top 20 prospects, can be found on the MLB Prospect Watch page. Five Pirates made the top 100 list: Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Austin Meadows, and Luis Heredia. Taillon was ranked 12th overall, which is right around where he has been ranked in a lot of these mid-season lists. The report...

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First Pitch: Using Hanson and Polanco Helps to Predict Future Promotions
Jul29

First Pitch: Using Hanson and Polanco Helps to Predict Future Promotions

Every year at the start of the year I get the same questions: When do you think (Insert Player) will be promoted to (Insert level that is one higher than his current level)? Of course then I get the same question over and over until that player is promoted. At which point I get the same question, only for the next level. I understand it. The only purpose of the minor leagues is developing prospects. People want to see progress, and...

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