Altoona Updates: Leach, Moreno, Hughes, Alderson

Yesterday, the 2011 Altoona Curve roster was announced.  A few updates to that roster, via Cory Giger: -Brian Leach will not be in the starting rotation.  Instead, Leach will move to the bullpen.  In the long term, Leach is more of a relief pitching prospect, although the decision to move him to the bullpen so early is a bit of a surprise.  It could also mean that Leach could now be on the fast track to the majors, assuming he does...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Altoona during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the starting pitchers who could potentially be in Altoona this year: Returning to Altoona As I mentioned in last week’s review of the Indianapolis Indians’ rotation, the 2010 Altoona rotation is not a guarantee to start the 2011 season in AAA.  A case could be made for Bryan Morris,...

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2011 Indianapolis Indians Preview: Starting Pitchers

So far we’ve looked at the infielders and outfielders who could be playing in Indianapolis during the 2011 season.  Today we’ll look at the biggest area of focus for the 2011 Indians: the starting pitchers. It’s no secret that the biggest need for the Pirates in the majors is starting pitching.  The first wave of starting pitching prospects should start to arrive this year, with most of the top pitching prospects...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Fall League Recap

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up last week, finishing off the 2010 seasons of seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects.  The season gets a lot of attention for being one of the most prestigious off-season leagues.  That’s because the league is mostly made up of players from the AA or AAA level.  That gives some players additional or first time experience against talent at the higher levels, while giving other players the chance to...

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Pirates Winter League Recap: 11/14-11/20

The Arizona Fall League wrapped up this week.  Here is how the Pirates prospects fared in the final week: -Andrew Lambo played in four games this week, going 1-for-14 (.071) with a double.  Lambo finished the season with a .274/.325/.462 line on the season, with four homers in 106 at-bats. -Tony Sanchez played in two games, going 0-for-7 (.000).  Sanchez finished with a .206/.289/.397 line with four homers in 68 at-bats. -Josh...

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