The View From the Booth: Joe Putnam

Starting this month, Pirates Prospects will be introducing a new feature to the site called “The View From the Booth”.  On the fourth Monday of every month, we will interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on that level of the system.  With the 2011 draft recently taking place, and new players entering the...

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Erie v. Altoona Game Recap – 6/9/2011

It was a night that heralded few home runs sailing through the air. But the trip from Pittsburgh to Altoona is worth it to get a live view of Starling Marte, Tony Sanchez, and Matt Curry.

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Where Do the New Picks Rank in the System?

The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to sign a draft pick, and no individual signing is guaranteed.  That’s not stopping us from projecting where the 2011 draft picks would rank with the current top ten prospects.  Each Pirates Prospects writer got together a mid-season list, and figured out where the new picks would fit in.  Obviously this is on a “if they all sign, this is where we’d rank them” hypothetical...

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Altoona Series Recap and Thoughts
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Altoona Series Recap and Thoughts

After seeing Altoona play a three game series in Trenton this week, I’ll summarize my impressions of the top prospects that I saw, many of them for the first time in person. To make things easier I’ll concentrate only on the players that could rank among the top 30 prospects in the system. Unfortunately I was not able to see either Bryan Morris or Tim Alderson make an appearance so I have nothing new on them, although both...

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Can Matt Curry Be The Next Brandon Belt?

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates promoted first baseman Matt Curry to Altoona, skipping him over high-A in the process.  That’s not a huge jump for a guy like Curry, who was drafted in 2010 as a college senior, and has already played against the talent level he would have seen in high-A.  At the same time, it’s an aggressive promotion, and one that the Pirates don’t usually make.  Off the top of my head, I...

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