Matt Curry and Dan Gamache Were the Top Hitters in the System Last Week

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. *Runs Created is a stat created by Bill James used to estimate how many runs an individual contributes to his team.┬áThere are many formulas...

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After The Trade Deadline: Updated Top 20 Prospects

A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn’t sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in extended Spring Training. And some of those results...

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Altoona Wins Two With Great Performances From Irwin, Cumpton, and Curry

The Altoona Curve saw back-to-back solid starting pitching performances Friday night in Altoona for the doubleheader against New Hampshire. Right-handers Phil Irwin and Brandon Cumpton shined on the bump combining for just one earned run over 13.0 innings. First baseman Matt Curry drove in four runs on his 24th birthday in game two as the club took both games at People’s Natural Gas Field.   Phil Irwin Phil Irwin was...

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Minor League Moves: Cole Officially Promoted, Curry Activated

A few minor league moves this afternoon. **The Pirates officially promoted right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole to Altoona today, in time for his debut tonight. They also activated Matt Curry off the disabled list. Curry has been out with a hamstring injury. **To make room on the Altoona roster, Elevys Gonzalez was transferred to the Bradenton Marauders, and right-handed pitcher Kris Harvey was placed on the Altoona disabled list with a...

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Matt Curry Close to Returning From Hamstring Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates first base prospect Matt Curry is currently out with a hamstring injury. Curry tweeted that he ran sprints today for the first time since the injury. He mentioned that everything went well and the leg felt great. The tweet also included a note that he will return on Tuesday. Prior to the injury, Curry was hitting for a .284/.342/.438 line in 176 at-bats on the season. He was on a hot streak, with a .333/.385/.528...

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