2011 Altoona Curve Preview: The Infield

In my preview last week of the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, I pointed out this quote by Kyle Stark in the Altoona Mirror: It’s possible, Stark said, that the entire starting infield of first baseman Matt Hague, second baseman Jordy Mercer, shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and third baseman Josh Harrison could be back with the Curve. Those four played together all of last season, with Hague and Harrison enjoying the most...

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Aaron Thompson Video Recap

On December 23rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed left hander Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals.  Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  He has made 68 starts at the AA level over the last three seasons, with a 5.01 ERA in 365 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  In 2010 he had a 5.80 ERA in 26 starts...

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The Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide

Today is the official release date for the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide.  The books arrived last week, and all of the pre-sales have been shipped out, with the weekend orders going out this morning.  Some of the pre-sales have already arrived, while a lot of the Pittsburgh area orders are expected to arrive today.  Each shipment included a tracking number, which should have been mailed to you, allowing you to get an estimate...

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Curve Lose 2-0 On Free Passes, Missed Opportunities

Justin Wilson can be two very different pitchers.  When he is in control of his pitches, he can be dominant, looking like a top pitching prospect.  When his control is struggling, Wilson’s whole game struggles.  Tonight was an example of the latter. Wilson took the mound for the first place Altoona Curve tonight, and from the start it was evident that he didn’t have his best control.  Wilson led off the game by walking top...

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Is Chase d’Arnaud the Shortstop of the Future?

The 2009 season was a breakout year for Chase d’Arnaud, who was selected the previous season in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB draft.  After putting up a .286/.333/.423 line in 168 at-bats in State College during the 2008 season, d’Arnaud made the jump to West Virginia, where he hit for a .291/.394/.427 line in 213 at-bats, with three homers and 17 stolen bases.  The performance was enough for d’Arnaud to be...

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