Changes at the Top — Impact of the Pirates’ Draft

The Pirates’ 2010 draft signings changed the profile of their farm system in a hurry.  Earlier in the season, the system had graduated several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, as well as Neil Walker, who’s suddenly re-emerged as one of the organization’s best young talents.  We’ve each taken a look, in the form of top ten prospect lists, at how the system stands now. Tim 1.         Jameson Taillon, RHP 2....

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Neal, Belt Lead Richmond to 4-2 Victory Over Altoona

Maybe one game is too small of a sample size, but tonight might have broken the Jeff Locke curse that exists whenever I see one of his games.  For those of you unfamiliar with the curse, here is my breakdown from last season: Games I Was In Attendance: 4 G, 18.2 IP, 7.23 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 4.8 K/9, 1.7 K/BB Games I Wasn’t In Attendance: 13 G, 63 IP, 3.14 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 3.8 K/BB Playoff Game I Was In Attendance For: 1.2 IP, 6 H,...

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Lineups: Altoona-Richmond 7/31

Going Dejan Kovacevic style here. RICHMOND – Two hours to first pitch … Game: Altoona Curve at Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6:35 p.m. Site: The Diamond. Pitching: LHP Jeff Locke vs. RHP David Mixon. Weather: 84 degrees. Game Updates: My Twitter Feed Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, SS 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Brandon Jones, RF 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Hector Gimenez, C 6. Miles Durham, CF 7. Yung-Chi Chen, LF...

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Four Run 5th Inning Too Much For Altoona

Last night the Altoona Curve got a great start from Rudy Owens, but ended up losing a low scoring game thanks to a few bad breaks.  The first three innings of tonight’s game looked like a repeat of last night, with Altoona starter Tony Watson getting off to a strong start.  Watson retired the first nine batters he faced, with four strikeouts, and only one ball leaving the infield, a shallow pop out to left field. Altoona got on...

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Altoona Notes: Jordy Mercer, Jeff Locke, Questions

I talked briefly with some of the Altoona players last night after the game.  Mostly I was touching base with them, and will be talking more with them prior to the games this weekend.  Two important topics I did discuss: -Jordy Mercer left Wednesday’s game in the second inning after colliding with Anthony Norman on a pop-up to left field.  Jordy said that his back was sore from the collision, but that he will be fine and that it...

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