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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Roster Notes: Indianapolis, Altoona, Taillon

The 2011 rosters haven’t been released yet, but here are some notes/links for the top two levels in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ system: -Scott McCauley, the broadcaster for the Indianapolis Indians, previews the 2011 Indians, with his projection of who should end up at the level. -Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror lists the projected starting lineup in Altoona.  That’s similar to my preview of the team from several weeks...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: Bullpen

Today we wrap up the 2011 Altoona Curve preview with a look at the bullpen.  So far we’ve covered the infielders, outfielders, and the starting pitchers.  As I mentioned in last week’s preview of the Indianapolis bullpen, a minor league bullpen isn’t overly important.  That’s especially true the lower you go in the minors.  Most bullpen guys in the lower levels aren’t likely to reach the majors, and if...

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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 Altoona Curve Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 Altoona Curve infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ AA affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in Altoona this season. Could Return to Altoona In the preview of the Indianapolis outfield last...

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