Minor League Opening Day

Today is the opening day for the full season minor league teams, with all four of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates in action.  The schedule is as follows: Indianapolis Indians (AAA) at Columbus Clippers – 7:05 PM EST The Indians open their season on the road against the Clippers, the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Kevin Hart will take the mound for Indianapolis, with Pedro Alvarez making his AAA debut....

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Altoona Curve Roster Set

The Altoona Curve Opening Day Roster is set, according to the Altoona Mirror.  The roster is as follows: C - Kris Watts, Hector Gimenez1B - Matt Hague2B - Josh HarrisonSS - Chase D’Arnaud3B - Jordy MercerOF - Miles DurhamOF - Gorkys HernandezOF - Alex Presley Bench - Jose De Los Santos, Shelby Ford, Jim Negrych SP - Tim AldersonSP - Michael CrottaSP...

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Pedro Alvarez is the top Eastern League prospect

Baseball America released their 2009 Eastern League top 20 rankings, home of the Altoona Curve, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ class AA affiliate. Topping the list was top Pirates prospect Pedro Alvarez, who ranked third in the Carolina League rankings earlier in the week. Alvarez took the top spot mostly due to his success in AA, which came as a surprise, despite his top prospect status. Alvarez struggled in Lynchburg, then received a...

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Adam Hyzdu

Some great information became available yesterday, as Dan Szymborski (creator of the ZiPS projection system) posted his minor-league-to-major-league translations for every player season of the past 30 years. Dan works very hard to provide this type of information to the general public free of charge, so I would encourage you to follow the link and make some sort of monetary donation. Anyway, I wandered into the comments and found a...

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2009 Altoona Curve Season Recap

It’s a widely held belief that the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have any prospects in the upper levels. That’s not exactly the case. The Pirates had five of their best prospects in Altoona at some point this season, although outside of those five, there was a huge lack of depth. Brad Lincoln started it all off, rebounding from a sub-par 2008 season, which was his first since returning from Tommy John surgery. Jose Tabata...

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