The Altoona Four Providing Depth and Trade Chips

Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Rudy Owens, and Justin Wilson earned the group name “The Altoona Four” after all four pitchers put up strong numbers at the Double-A level in 2010. All four pitchers were expected to move up at some point in 2011. That point came at the start of the year for Owens and Wilson. It came later in the year for Locke. It didn’t come until 2012 for Morris. The results in 2011 were the exact...

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Prospect Notebook: Cole and Taillon On the Right Track For Double-A

Top pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are both off to strong starts in high-A Bradenton.  After Sunday’s start, Cole has a 3.54 ERA in 28 innings during his first professional season, with a 34:10 K/BB ratio. He has struck out at least a batter an inning in each of his six starts on the year. Taillon’s numbers have been more impressive, with a 1.76 ERA in 30.2 innings, along with a 33:6 K/BB ratio. The...

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Indians Lose To Norfolk In 13 Innings

Norfolk Tides  3,  Indianapolis Indians  2  (13 innings) (Box)   The 13th inning proved to be unlucky for the Indianapolis Indians tonight, as a wild pitch and two singles gave the Norfolk Tides the walk-off win at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.  Reliever Daniel Moskos pitched to three batters in the 13th and he suffered the loss, while former Butler University pitcher (and former Indians fan) Pat Neshek took the win for the...

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Minor League Schedule: 5/3/12

Nick Kingham was originally scheduled to start game two of yesterday’s doubleheader but his start has been pushed back to today. Michael Jefferson started in his place. Altoona plays a late morning game today before returning home for four games in three days against Richmond. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here. Triple-A: Indianapolis (14-11) @ Norfolk (9-16) 7:15pm Probable starter: Rudy Owens (1-0 2.08)...

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Owens Continues Hot Start to 2012 With Seven Shutout Innings

Rudy Owens had a big start tonight for the Indianapolis Indians, throwing seven shutout innings, while allowing six hits, one walk, and striking out six, while leading Indianapolis to a 2-0 win. The start for Owens was his second straight outing with seven shutout innings. It did come against a rare lineup that was completely full of left-handed batters, which definitely gave the left-handed pitcher an advantage. Even without that...

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