First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them
Apr07

First Pitch: You Can’t Stop Pitching Injuries, You Can Only Hope to Contain Them

Once upon a time, it seemed like every top pitching prospect the Pittsburgh Pirates had would go down with a major injury. Bobby Bradley, Kris Benson, Sean Burnett, Bryan Bullington, John Van Benschoten, and plenty of others were plagued by injuries. Some of those injuries were career altering. But over the last several years, that trend has disappeared. Under Neal Huntington, the Pirates have been extremely cautious with their...

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Injury Notes: Jones, Inman, Burnette, Brewer, Mathisen
Jan08

Injury Notes: Jones, Inman, Burnette, Brewer, Mathisen

Providing a few updates on some injuries that occurred last season… **JaCoby Jones went down with a knee injury in July, and missed the rest of the season. He didn’t return from instructs, but I’ve been told that he should be good to go for Spring Training. I’ve also been told that there isn’t any long-term concern with his injury that should restrict where he plays on the field. Jones split time between...

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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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First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH
Jun23

First Pitch: 12 Pirates Pitchers Who Throw 98+ MPH

This week’s podcast went up today, and on the show we talked about whether Gregory Polanco or Jameson Taillon should come up in September. The argument for Taillon was that the Pirates should be “all hands on deck”, and he could provide value out of the bullpen with a 99 MPH fastball and a plus curveball. At one point in the conversation, I mentioned something along the lines of how the Pirates don’t have a...

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Pimentel struggles but bats rescue Curve in 9-8 victory

Two major stories coming out of Altoona this season have been how good pitcher Stolmy Pimentel has been and how poorly the offense has swung the bat.  Tonight, those stories were switched, with the line-up leading the way on a night when Pimentel struggled for the first time in 2013.  The Curve beat the Richmond Squirrels 9-8, gathering 15 hits and taking advantage of three Richmond errors to score four unearned runs.  Andrew Lambo,...

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