2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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Prospect Watch: West Virginia Clinches Playoff Spot, Paulino Hero on First Day With Indianapolis
Aug29

Prospect Watch: West Virginia Clinches Playoff Spot, Paulino Hero on First Day With Indianapolis

Top Pitcher: Zack Thornton, Top Hitter: Harold Ramirez, Home Runs: Harold Ramirez, Mel Rojas, Jarek Cunningham

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Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted
Aug28

Minor Moves: Kelly Shoppach Released; Carlos Paulino Promoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released catcher Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A and have promoted Carlos Paulino from Altoona to Indianapolis. Obviously there wasn’t any need in the majors for Shoppach with the recent addition of John Buck. The reason they acquired him was to give him a shot as the third catcher. With Shoppach gone, Paulino takes over as one of the catchers in Triple-A. He should stay there through the end of the...

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Jameson Taillon Effective for Seven Innings, Even Without Best Stuff
Jun28

Jameson Taillon Effective for Seven Innings, Even Without Best Stuff

Pirates’ top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon did not launch his fastball up to the high-90′s Thursday night in Akron like he has in the past. Taillon’s breaking ball was not missing bats, which meant he got his first and only strikeout in the 6th inning. Despite Altoona’s starter not having his best stuff, the overall outcome was still very good. Taillon needed just 91 pitches to tie a career-high seven...

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Top Performers: Power Surge For Willy Garcia; Mel Rojas Continues Hot Streak
Jun10

Top Performers: Power Surge For Willy Garcia; Mel Rojas Continues Hot Streak

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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