One Year Ago: Morton Deserves Another Shot

One year ago today, Pittsburgh Pirates right handed pitcher Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a season.  In 79.2 innings he posted a 7.57 ERA, spanning 17 starts.  Despite the poor numbers, I wrote about how Morton deserved another shot.  I looked at Morton’s 2009 season (good results, minus the one bad start in August), I looked at his 2010 season (poor results up until the final month), I looked at how Joe Kerrigan...

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Tony Sanchez Wasn’t a Total Disappointment in 2011

There has been a lot of talk about how the 2011 season has been a down year for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system.  A big reason for that has been the struggles in the upper levels of some of the top prospects coming in to the 2011 season.  One of those prospects is Tony Sanchez, who came in to the year ranked the number three prospect in the system, but has hit for a .241/.340/.318 line in 402 at-bats at the AA level. Sanchez...

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Altoona Curve Player Reports 9/2/11

Altoona lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels tonight by a score of 8-4, going down early with an 8-2 deficit after six innings.  Brett Sinkbeil took the loss, giving up all eight runs, with six earned, in 5.1 innings.  Here are the reports from the game. Starling Marte Marte didn’t do much in his last three at-bats, and aside from extending his hitting streak to 15 games, he had a quiet night.  However, he did some good things...

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Altoona Curve Player Reports 8/23

The Altoona Curve split a double header with the Richmond Flying Squirrels tonight, losing game one 6-2, then winning game two 4-3.  Kyle McPherson started game one, and had a rough outing.  Aaron Pribanic started game two, striking out eight batters, but also getting hit around a bit.  Below are a few impressions from tonight’s games. Kyle McPherson Kyle McPherson had a rough first inning, giving up three of his four runs.  He...

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After the Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects

Last night the Pittsburgh Pirates made two big splashes, adding right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell to the system before the draft signing deadline.  The addition of Cole was expected, although many felt that Bell was an impossible sign.  I already have talked about how the additions could possibly boost the Pirates up as one of the top farm systems in the league, based on top talents alone.  But what about the...

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