Pirates Release Shelby Ford

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released infielder Shelby Ford, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.  It was only two years ago that Ford was seen as the second baseman of the future in Pittsburgh, coming off a strong .285/.338/.458 line in 319 at-bats in Altoona.  He struggled in 2009 in his jump to AAA, with a .188/.240/.279 line in 298 at-bats, then continued his struggles in his return to Altoona.  For the last two years,...

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Pirates Promote Three to Indianapolis

A ton of transactions taking place on Memorial Day.  Last night we heard that Ryan Doumit and Steve Pearce are likely to go on the disabled list today.  Josh Harrison is getting the call to the majors, as I mentioned last night, and Dusty Brown is expected to be the other player promoted, to replace Doumit.  Earlier today we reported that Matt Curry has been promoted from West Virginia to Altoona.  Here are all of the corresponding...

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2011 Altoona Curve Preview: The Infield

In my preview last week of the 2011 Indianapolis Indians infield, I pointed out this quote by Kyle Stark in the Altoona Mirror: It’s possible, Stark said, that the entire starting infield of first baseman Matt Hague, second baseman Jordy Mercer, shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and third baseman Josh Harrison could be back with the Curve. Those four played together all of last season, with Hague and Harrison enjoying the most...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/29/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) GAME STORY Indianapolis beat Syracuse 4-1.  Jeremy Powell pitched 8.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Justin Thomas got the final out of the game for the save. Jim Negrych went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs.  Brian Friday went 1-for-3 with two runs and two walks, plus a stolen base.  Doug Bernier went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run, and an RBI....

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis beat Durham 9-1, led by a great outing by Charlie Morton.  Morton pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  According to Indians’ broadcaster Scott McCauley, nothing was hit hard, the one run came on an infield hit to third, and Morton retired the final 14 batters. Brandon Moss broke the game open with a grand slam in the eighth...

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