Altoona Gets Paid Back; Alderson’s Unhappy Bradenton Return; Rojas’ Debut

As usual on Sunday, the GCL Pirates were off.� Everyone else played games scattered through the afternoon and evening.

Harrisburg Senators� 13, � Altoona Curve� 4 (box)

Paybacks are… well, you know, and today the Senators got revenge for the Curve having scored 10 runs in the 9th last night.� Harrisburg sent 12 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 8th and scored 8 runs, to give them a total of 13 runs in the game.

Justin Wilson made the start for the Curve, and pitched 6 innings.� He did well for the first 5 of those innings, allowing only one run, on a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning.� Wilson allowed only a walk and a single over the next three innings.� In the 6th, Wilson gave up back-to-back singles to open the inning, then a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly brought in one run.� A walk and a single drove in a second run.� Wilson allowed 8 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 5 batters.

The Curve scored one run in the 3rd inning, when RF Miles Durham reached base on a fielding error, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson, and scored on SS Chase d’Arnaud’s double.� 1B Matt Hague added a solo home run in the 4th, to briefly give the Curve a 2-1 lead.

After the Senators took a 3-2 lead in the 6th, Corey Hamman, just returned to the Curve after a stint with AAA Indianapolis, took the mound for the 7th inning.� It was Hamman’s first game action in nearly three weeks, so it wasn’t a big surprise when Hamman gave up a lead-off single followed by a 2-run homer, to give Harrisburg a 5-2 lead.

Then the wheels fell off in the 8th inning.� Hamman gave up two singles, two walks, another single (with a fielding error), then got a fielding error.� Three runs had come in at that point, and after another walk to load the bases (again), Hamman was relieved by Dustin Molleken. Molleken got a strikeout, then gave up two singles and a double, driving in 5 more runs (3 of which were charged to Hamman), before he struck out the 12th batter of the inning to end the bleeding.

The Curve made a valiant effort in the top of the 9th.� Matt Hague walked, and 3B Jordy Mercer singled.� A wild pitch moved both up one base, so that Hague scored on LF Brandon Jones’ single.� Durham bounced back to the mound, and the Senators traded another run for two outs in a double play, as Mercer scored.� A fly out ended the game, with the Curve not even close to catching up.

Other Curve news:� The Pirates and Curve have suspended reliever Diego Moreno for a period of “5 to 7 days” for unprofessional behavior.� The problem occurred while in Altoona on the Curve’s most recent home stand.� Pirates’ farm director Kyle Stark also hinted that it’s possible that Moreno will be returned to the Bradenton Marauders after his suspension.� Moreno had a 3-0 record and a 1.37 ERA in 16 appearances for Bradenton, with 39 strikeouts in 26.1 innings.� Since being promoted to Altoona and working around a month on the DL, Moreno has made 7 appearances for the Curve, but has allowed 6 runs on 10 hits in 7.2 innings, with 12 strikeouts.

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Draft Pick Signings

The final list of the Pirates’ 2010 draft pick and which ones have signed.� As expected, first-round pick Jameson Taillon and second-round pick Stetson Alllie both signed on the final day, though they didn’t wait until the last possible second like what happened a couple of years ago.

A total of 27 signed out of 50, by my count.

(+ denotes draftees who have just graduated from high school)

1. RHP Jameson “Jamo” Taillon �+��� SIGNED 8/16

2. RHP Stetson Allie �+����� SIGNED� 8/16

3. CF Mel Rojas Jr. — SIGNED 7/15

4. RHP Nicholas Kingman +� –SIGNED� 8/9

5. RHP Tyler Waldron �– SIGNED �6/18

6. RHP Jason Hursch +

7. RHP Austin Kubitza +

8. RHP Dace Kime +

9. RHP Brandon Cumpton — SIGNED 8/9

10. RHP Zachary Weiss +

11. LF Daniel Grovatt — SIGNED 8/13

12. RHP Vincent Payne �– �SIGNED 6/18

13. LHP Christopher Kirsch +

14. RHP Bruce Weidman �– SIGNED 6/21

15. SS Andrew Maggi� — SIGNED 8/16

16. 1B Matthew Curry — SIGNED �7/2

17. RHP Ryan Hafner + — SIGNED 8/9

18. OF Chase Wentz

19. LHP Kent Emanuel +

20. OF Justin Bencsko — SIGNED �6/15

21. CF Dale Carey +

22. 2B Adalberto Santos �– SIGNED 6/20

23. 1B Jared Lakind +� –SIGNED 8/16

24. 1B Justin Howard — SIGNED 6/25

25. RHP Casey Sadler �– SIGNED 6/28

26. RHP Brandon Pierce +

27. RHP Kevin Kleis� – SIGNED 7/9

28. SS Zackary Powers +

29. RHP Garret Levsen +

30. C Matt Skirving — SIGNED 6/15

31. RHP Jason Townsend — SIGNED 6/28

32. IF Chase Lyles — SIGNED 6/15

33. LHP Justin Ennis — SIGNED 6/15

34. SS Kelson Brown — SIGNED 6/15

35. CF Andrew Muren

36. RHP James Archibald — SIGNED 6/28

37. C William Allen +

38. RHP Alex Cox +

39. RHP Kevin Decker — SIGNED 6/10

40. RHP Harrison Cooney +

41. RHP Bryton Trepagnier + �–SIGNED 7/5

42. LHP Stephen Lumpkins

43. RHP Garrett Hicks +

44. RHP Cory McGinnis

45. RHP Connor Sadzeck +

46. C Ryan Wiggins +

47. CF Nathan Sorenson +

48. LHP Dillon Haviland +

49. RHP Logan Pevny +� – SIGNED� 7/9

50. RHP Dusty Isaacs +

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Draft Days– The Whole List

Draft days…. we all know the results of Round One: �Jameson “Jamo” Taillon, a high school pitcher from Houston was the first selection, and second over-all pick, by the Piratres. �Check out more info on Taillon from Chuck Finder and Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette., �and another from a few days ago by Chuck Finder.

Taillon is a righty pitcher from The Woodlands High School, 6′ 6 1/2″ and 220 pounds. �He has lit up the radar at 98 mph, though usually is mid-to-high 90′s. �This season, Taillon has pitched 62.2 innings and earned a 8-1 record and a 1.79 ERA with 21 walks and 114 strikeouts. �That’s almost 2 strikeouts per inning. �He uses a fastball, curve, slider, and sometimes a change-up. �He has a scholarship to Rice University…. he’ll have to be lured away. � …. 7th round pick Austin Kubitza has also committed to Rice.

The second round pick, Stetson Allie, is another right-handed pitcher from the Cleveland area, where he attended St. Edward’s High School. �Allie is reported to have superior arm strength, and can also get into the upper 90′s, but he has not always been able to go deep into games.

Pick number three is outfielder�Mel Rojas Jr, son of former MLB pitcher Mel Rojas. � He comes from a junior college, Wabash Valley College, in Illinois.

So, here’s the entire list:

1. �RHP Jameson “Jamo” Taillon – The Woodlands HS, Houston, TX

2. �RHP Stetson Allie – St. Edwards HS, Cleveland, OH

3. CF Mel Rojas Jr – Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel, IL — J2

4. RHP Nicholas Kingman — Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, NV

5. RHP Tyler Waldron — Oregon State, �(California) �– �Jr

6. RHP Jason Hursch – Trinity Christian Acadamy (HS), TX

7. RHP Austin Kubitza — Heritage HS, TX

8. �RHP Dace Kime – Defiance Senior HS, Cleveland area, OH

9. RHP Brandon Cumpton — Georgia Tech — Jr

10. RHP Zachary Weiss – Northwood HS, CA

11. LF Daniel Grovatt — U Virginia — Jr

12. RHP Vincent Payne — Cypress College, CA — J1

13. �LHP Christopher Kirsch — Marple Newtown HS, PA

14. RHP Bruce Weidman — Southwestern Oregon CommColl �– J1

15. SS Andrew Maggi — Arizona State — So

16. 1B Matthew Curry – Texas Christian U — Sr

17. �RHP Ryan Hafner — Lee’s Summit West HS, MO

18. OF Chase Wentz – Louisiana St. U Shreveport — Jr

19. LHP Kent Emanuel – Woodstock HS, GA

20. OF Justin Bencsko – Villanova U — Sr

21. CF Dale Carey – Wheeler HS, GA

22. 2B Adalberto Santos – Oregon State — Sr

23. 1B Jared Lakind – Cypress Woods HS, TX

24. 1B Justin Howard – New Mexico — Sr

25. RHP Casey Sadler – Western Oklahoma State College — J2

26. RHP Brandon Pierce — Gunter HS, TX

27. RHP Kevin Kleis – Grossmont College — J1

28. SS Zackary Powers – Armwood HS, FL

29. RHP Garret Levsen – Sonora HS, CA

30. C Matthew Skirving – Eastern Michigan U — Jr

31. RHP Jason Townsend – U Alabama Tuscaloosa — Jr

32. IF Chase Lyles – Northwestern St. U — 5S

33. LHP Justin Ennis – Louisiana St. U Shreveport — Jr

34. SS Kelson Brown – Linfield College — Sr

35. CF Andrew Muren – Cal State Northridge — Jr

36. RHP James Archibald – McLennan Comm Coll — J1

37. C William Allen – Buchholz HS, FL

38. RHP Alex Cox – Santiago HS, CA

39. RHP Kevin Decker – Coll of Charleston — Sr

40. RHP Harrison Cooney – Vero Beach Senior HS, FL

41. RHP Bryton Trepagnier — East St. John HS, LA

42. LHP Stephen Lumpkins – American U — SO

43. RHP Garrett Hicks – Yucaipa HS, CA

44. RHP Cory McGinnis – Shelton State Coll — J1

45. RHP Connor Sadzeck – Crystal Lake Central HS, IL

46. C Ryan Wiggins – West Seattle HS, WA

47. CF Nathan Sorenson – Texas HS, TX

48. LHP Dillon Haviland – South Fayette HS, PA

49. RHP Logan Pevny – West Milford HS, NJ

50. RHP Dusty Isaacs – �Lebanon HS, OH

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