April Prospects Rundown: Altoona Curve

Altoona is a very interesting team to watch for the 2010 season.  It is host to some of the top prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system.  The starting rotation includes top pitching prospects like Rudy Owens and Tim Alderson.  The infield has three of the top middle infield prospects in the Pirates system in Chase d’Arnaud, Jordy Mercer, and Josh Harrison.  Even the bullpen has talent, with back of...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Lehigh Valley 5-4.  Michael Crotta made his first start at the AAA level, and picked up right where he left off from his AA success.  Crotta went seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts to get the win.  Steven Jackson allowed a run in 0.2 innings of work, then Wilfredo Ledezma got the save, pitching 1.1 perfect innings with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/30/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-6 to Pawtucket.  Brad Lincoln had a rough start, allowing six runs on seven hits in six innings, with four walks and three strikeouts.  Lincoln allowed two home runs as well.  Corey Hamman allowed a run on a solo homer in one inning of work.  Jean Machi pitched a shutout inning, allowing just a walk. The Indianapolis offense was looking good, but couldn’t...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/28/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 10-9 thanks to a two run rally in the top of the ninth inning, with Neil Walker knocking in the go ahead run with an RBI single.  Walker had a huge day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, two singles, and three RBIs.  Brian Myrow also provided a big boost to the offense with a grand slam in the fifth inning, going 1-for-4 on the day.  Jose Tabata went...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/27/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis won 7-2 against Pawtucket.  Brian Friday had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI.  Surprisingly, the bulk of the offense came from Argenis Diaz, who went 2-for-2 with a walk, and knocked in four RBIs.  Diaz, known for being a defensive only shortstop, is hitting for a .294/.308/.265 line on the season.  Nothing really impressive, as...

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