2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Oct18

2013 Altoona Curve Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

Altoona had an impressive group of prospects throughout the year, although they didn’t start off with a good looking team. The breakouts of Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel, plus the mid-season promotions of Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and Nick Kingham, turned the Altoona Curve into one of the most talented teams in the minors throughout the 2013 season. Below is a recap of the hitters and pitchers at the level, followed by...

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AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss
Oct15

AFL Recap: Hanson Triples, Makes Two Errors in Loss

In the Arizona Fall League on Monday night, Scottsdale dropped their fourth straight game, losing 7-6 at home to Mesa. The game included six errors from Scottsdale. The Scorpions are now 1-4 on the season.  Alen Hanson was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and he had a tough night in the field. He made a fielding error in the first inning, then made a costly throwing error in the third inning that led to two...

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Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin
Oct14

Jameson Taillon Leaves the AFL With a Tweaked Groin

Pittsburgh Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon has been replaced on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster by right-handed pitcher Phil Irwin. No word yet on why Taillon was removed. Irwin was originally scheduled to go to the AFL, but was held back in the Fall Instructional League. The last I heard on Irwin’s status, he was pitching in instructs, and his remaining off-season work would be TBD. Taillon only threw two innings...

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Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects
Oct14

Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham are Top Eastern League Prospects

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects from the 2013 Eastern League, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on the list. Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Nick Kingham were all ranked, with the latter two playing the second half of the season at the level. Taillon was ranked sixth overall in the league, and the third best pitcher. Baseball America noted that his changeup improved to the point that some rate it...

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AFL Recap: Jameson Taillon Looks Good in Season Opener
Oct09

AFL Recap: Jameson Taillon Looks Good in Season Opener

The Arizona Fall League season began Tuesday night with Jameson Taillon getting the Opening Day nod for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent seven players to the league and the three top prospects among that group were in the starting lineup. Another two Pirates players would get into the game before the night was done. Jameson Taillon gave up a lead-off single, followed by a stolen base on the next pitch. He...

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