A Sunday Afternoon in Altoona

I was on the road Sunday afternoon, making a trip down to Maryland. With the opportunity available, I took a quick detour to Altoona to see the Curve take on the Erie SeaWolves. There was rain in the area, but it stayed mostly dry throughout the game. Erie took home the victory, 2-1 in 13 innings. Aaron Pribanic made the start, and pitched six-plus shutout innings, striking out four with zero walks. Tim Alderson also threw three...

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Poor Defense Leads to Altoona Loss Against Richmond

Altoona got a great effort from starting pitcher Aaron Thompson tonight, as Thompson struck out seven and walked one in 4.2 innings.  However, poor defense in the third inning led to four runs allowed, with only one of them being credited to the left hander.  That, plus a lack of hitting, led to a 5-0 Altoona loss against Richmond. Thompson allowed a leadoff single in the third inning to Justin Christian.  Nick Noonan followed up with...

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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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