Who Could Reach the Majors This Year?

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates saw the Major League debuts of several young players.  They saw big time prospects like Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata reach the majors in mid-season, and stick around.  They also saw a few minor players get called up for a cup of coffee, like Alex Presley and Pedro Ciriaco. The Pirates should expect more prospects to arrive this year, and not just the 2010 Altoona rotation.  Here is a list of the...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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Altoona Recap, 8/29/2010

While traveling for work, I was able to stop in Altoona for a few hours on Sunday to catch a Curve game. Jared Hughes made the start for the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate, which is gearing up for the postseason. Here are a few of my thoughts after taking in a 5-4 Curve loss on a beautiful evening at Blair County Ballpark.

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Altoona Takes Advantage of Mistakes in 6-2 Win

After losing the first three games in a four game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Altoona Curve capitalized on every mistake, taking the final game of the series 6-2, despite being out-hit 15-9.  Altoona took advantage of three errors by Richmond, scoring two runs in the second, two more in the fourth, and one in the fifth.  The Curve also helped themselves with five stolen bases, and stranded 13 Flying Squirrels...

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Owens, Curve Catch Some Bad Breaks

You always hear the expression “he only threw one bad pitch” when a pitcher throws an excellent game, with his only blemish being a home run.  The problem with this phrase is that the pitcher probably threw a lot of bad pitches, but he only paid for one of them.  That wasn’t the case with Altoona Curve starter Rudy Owens tonight, as Altoona fell to Richmond 4-1. Owens was spectacular, with excellent control and...

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