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 4/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis was postponed due to rain. ALTOONA CURVE (AA) Altoona got a strong start from Michael Crotta, but lost 4-3 to Erie thanks to a three run home run given up by reliever Dustin Molleken.  Crotta pitched another strong outing, going six innings and allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.  Crotta now has a 1.78 ERA on the season.  If you’re interested...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/22/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost 7-1 to Louisville, with Aroldis Chapman making the start for the Reds’ AAA team.  Jeff Karstens pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Steven Jackson came on in relief, but only pitched to two batters.  Jackson gave up a solo homer to the first batter, then was ejected after hitting the second batter.  Jackson...

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Michael Crotta 4/13 Video Recap

I was in attendance for Michael Crotta’s start on Tuesday, April 13th against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Crotta had an excellent outing, taking a no-hitter in to the sixth inning, and getting an amazing 16:1 ground ball to fly ball ratio.  Crotta’s final line was: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K.  Below is every pitch thrown by Crotta (well, all except for one in the top of the 5th) in the start. Check out my...

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Altoona Curve Game Recap

I lived in two different areas of Pennsylvania for about 12 years, living in the Altoona area for seven years. Unfortunately, the Altoona Curve didn’t move to the area until 2-3 years after I moved to Virginia.  So despite living in the Altoona area, this was my first visit to Blair County Ballpark. I got to the park early, after making the excellent decision to pick up a jacket from the local mall.  When I left...

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