8 prospects, 8 questions: An initial look at the Altoona Curve’s top prospects

One fun aspect of prospect analysis is that it truly is an adventure in ‘prospecting’— looking for gold amongst the less valuable pebbles. We deal in long shots, not sure things. We speculate and ask questions that we can’t assuredly answer, use information to make a projection, and then we wait and see. Since I’ll be in Altoona periodically this summer to cover the Curve for Pirates Prospects, I’m starting to have questions about...

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Pirate City Results: Pimentel Continues to Impress, Cole Gets Work Bunting

If there’s one player who has surprised me this Spring, it’s been Stolmy Pimentel. When he came over from the Red Sox in the Joel Hanrahan trade, Pimentel looked like a fading prospect. He used to be one of the top arms in the Boston farm system. He’s still regarded as a prospect, but after struggling at the Double-A level the last two years, his hype has faded. From what I’ve seen this Spring out of Pimentel,...

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Prospect Notebook: Stolmy Pimentel Dominates, While A.J. Burnett . . . Not So Much

Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn’t a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees’ AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn’t manage to complete all his innings due to per-inning pitch limitations. Odd things like that happen in spring training games, so there’s no point getting stressed about it. By contrast,...

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Prospect Notebook: Taillon Doesn’t Have His Best Stuff; Pimentel Will Start

Jameson Taillon made his first start in minor league camp since being sent down. The last time the right-hander threw was in the World Baseball Classic. John Dreker described the game, noting that Taillon had good overall numbers, but was hit pretty hard. That was the case today. Taillon threw three innings this afternoon, and had his usual stuff. The fastball was 92-97 MPH, with the two-seam fastball coming on the low end of that...

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First Pitch: Today’s Cuts Bring Up the Hanrahan Trade Again

The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first round of cuts today at the major league level. Two of the players who were cut were Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel, who made up half of the return for Joel Hanrahan over the winter. Almost immediately the complaints started on Twitter about the Hanrahan trade. Most of them were something along the lines of the trade being a disappointment because the Pirates cut two of the players they got in...

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