A Sunday Afternoon in Altoona

I was on the road Sunday afternoon, making a trip down to Maryland. With the opportunity available, I took a quick detour to Altoona to see the Curve take on the Erie SeaWolves. There was rain in the area, but it stayed mostly dry throughout the game. Erie took home the victory, 2-1 in 13 innings. Aaron Pribanic made the start, and pitched six-plus shutout innings, striking out four with zero walks. Tim Alderson also threw three...

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Five Things That Need to Continue

It is way too early to be talking about any trends, hot starts, numbers, or anything else from the minor league season, which only started on Thursday.  Some players have gotten off to hot starts, some players have gotten off to cold starts.  Some pitchers had great outings, some pitchers had bad outings, and some pitchers haven’t even pitched yet.  Any analysis of a player’s 2011 numbers is far too premature. There are...

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Five Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Rankings

In preparation for the 2011 minor league season, Baseball America released their position by position rankings in the minors.  Several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects made the lists. -Tony Sanchez was the fourth best catcher, falling behind Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez, and Travis d’Arnaud. -Starling Marte was the eighth best center fielder. -Jameson Taillon was the third best right handed pitcher.  He only fell behind Jeremy...

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Could the Pirates Start Trading Prospects Soon?

In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players.  His response was: We are getting to the point in time where we’re going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a top notch prospect for a short term fill, probably not. We’re not there yet. Are we ever going to be there? That’s always going to be a...

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Typical Minor League Timeline

One of the most important pieces of information we must consider when evaluating a prospect is the player’s age relative to the level at which he is playing. If a player is considerably older than most of his competition (or conversely, if he is much younger than his competition), we must account for that when projecting future performance. If you are someone who generally pays attention to the various minor league systems around...

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