Altoona Recap, 8/29/2010

While traveling for work, I was able to stop in Altoona for a few hours on Sunday to catch a Curve game. Jared Hughes made the start for the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate, which is gearing up for the postseason. Here are a few of my thoughts after taking in a 5-4 Curve loss on a beautiful evening at Blair County Ballpark.

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2010 Arizona Fall League Preview

The minor league season may be wrapping up for the Pirates Prospects, but that doesn’t mean the prospects are done for the year. Up next is winter ball, with the most notable league being the Arizona Fall League.  The Arizona Fall League runs each year starting in early October, with this year’s competition starting on October 12th. The league is comprised of six teams: the Grand Canyon Rafters, the Mesa Solar Sox, the...

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Curve Lose 2-0 On Free Passes, Missed Opportunities

Justin Wilson can be two very different pitchers.  When he is in control of his pitches, he can be dominant, looking like a top pitching prospect.  When his control is struggling, Wilson’s whole game struggles.  Tonight was an example of the latter. Wilson took the mound for the first place Altoona Curve tonight, and from the start it was evident that he didn’t have his best control.  Wilson led off the game by walking top...

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Andrew Lambo, Jose Ascanio Injury Updates

Two injury updates from yesterday… -Andrew Lambo has a sprained shoulder after running in to a wall in Sunday’s game, according to Dejan Kovacevic.  Kyle Stark said that Lambo has a sprained AC joint, and will probably be impacted by it the rest of the season.  Lambo should be able to return “sooner rather than later” according to Stark. Lambo was acquired at the end of July in the Octavio Dotel trade.  The...

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Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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