Cunningham Picks Up Three Hits, But Curve Continue Losing Skid
Aug22

Cunningham Picks Up Three Hits, But Curve Continue Losing Skid

The Altoona Curve have found themselves in a late season swoon, losing to the Reading Fightins 8-0 on Wednesday night. They lost three of four to the Philadelphia Phillies’ AA affiliate in the series and five of six overall, scoring just seven runs in that span. “It’s just not being able to make adjustments,” Jarek Cunningham said about the lack of offense. “Last night and tonight we faced very similar pitching and we weren’t able to...

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Prospect Watch: Rojas Collects Three Extra Base Hits, GCL Pirates Face Halladay
Aug15

Prospect Watch: Rojas Collects Three Extra Base Hits, GCL Pirates Face Halladay

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page. 1. Jameson Taillon, RHP,...

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Prospect Watch: Osuna Goes Deep Twice, Sadler Goes Six Shutout Innings
Aug02

Prospect Watch: Osuna Goes Deep Twice, Sadler Goes Six Shutout Innings

Top Pitcher: Casey Sadler, Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, Home Runs: Dilson Herrera, Jose Osuna, Mel Rojas Jr, Justin Howard

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Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL
Jun25

Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL

Two injury updates to note over the last two days: **Altoona placed Mel Rojas on the disabled list with a left oblique injury yesterday. That’s unfortunate, as Rojas has been finally performing well. Since the second week of May he was hitting for a .304/.366/.459 line in 135 at-bats. In the past Rojas would go on short hot streaks, but they would never last more than a few days, while his cold streaks lasted weeks. I spoke with...

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Prospect Trends — Turning Around Flagging Careers

The Pirates have several minor leaguers working to revive stalled careers.  Surprisingly, the organization now has better depth in hitters than pitchers at the upper levels.  Or maybe I should say “healthy pitchers.” The Good Chase d’Arnaud, SS (AAA):  It’s a step forward for d’Arnaud just to be back on the field, but he’s hit well since returning.  That’s good to see, because hitters often...

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