8 prospects, 8 questions: An initial look at the Altoona Curve’s top prospects

One fun aspect of prospect analysis is that it truly is an adventure in ‘prospecting’— looking for gold amongst the less valuable pebbles. We deal in long shots, not sure things. We speculate and ask questions that we can’t assuredly answer, use information to make a projection, and then we wait and see. Since I’ll be in Altoona periodically this summer to cover the Curve for Pirates Prospects, I’m starting to have questions about...

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Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

The Pirates’ AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.  He threw 62 pitches, 40 for strikes, with his fastball sitting at 90-92.  Cumpton in the past has reached the mid-90s coming out of the bullpen, so...

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Prospect Notebook: New Focus on the Running Game Extends to the Minors

It seems like there have been daily reports out of major league camp about how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are focusing more on controlling the running game this year. After every caught stealing or pick off, the topic is brought up, and the answer usually given is that the importance of keeping runners in check has been stressed over and over to the pitchers. In 2012 we saw the Pirates go a little overboard with their focus of...

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Bradenton Marauders 2012 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Complete Bradenton Coverage The Hitters The Pitchers Top Prospects Going through all of the players at the Bradenton level, and coming up with a top ten list of prospects was difficult. For one, a lot of players were promoted quickly, and didn’t qualify for this list. Guys like Jeff Inman or Kyle Kaminska might have qualified for the top ten, but neither had enough innings. Colton Cain definitely would have qualified had he not...

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Minor League Schedule: 9/2/12

Bradenton will close out their season today with an early morning start to their last game. West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today. The DSL Pirates1 won the second round of their playoffs Thursday and will now go on to play the Angels in a best of five series for the DSL championship. That series starts today. The GCL Pirates won the GCL championship Wednesday. Indianapolis will begin their...

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