Out of Nowhere – Sleeper Prospects

Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named.  Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when Huntington took over, a tendency made a good deal easier by the fact that so few of those players have performed well.  This year, however,...

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Four Run 5th Inning Too Much For Altoona

Last night the Altoona Curve got a great start from Rudy Owens, but ended up losing a low scoring game thanks to a few bad breaks.  The first three innings of tonight’s game looked like a repeat of last night, with Altoona starter Tony Watson getting off to a strong start.  Watson retired the first nine batters he faced, with four strikeouts, and only one ball leaving the infield, a shallow pop out to left field. Altoona got on...

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Altoona at Richmond Lineups

Lineups: Altoona Curve: 1. Chase d’Arnaud, SS 2. Josh Harrison, 3B 3. Brandon Jones, RF 4. Matt Hague, 1B 5. Hector Gimenez, C 6. Miles Durham, CF 7. Yung-Chi Chen, LF 8. Jose de los Santos, 2B 9. Tony Watson, P Richmond Flying Squirrels: 1. Darren Ford, CF 2. Ryan Lormand, SS 3. Thomas Neal, RF 4. Brandon Belt, LF 5. Conor Gillaspie, 3B 6. Sharlon Schoop, 1B 7. Tyler La Torre, C 8. Brad Boyer, 2B 9. Mike MacDonald, P -Jordy...

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Altoona Notes: Jordy Mercer, Jeff Locke, Questions

I talked briefly with some of the Altoona players last night after the game.  Mostly I was touching base with them, and will be talking more with them prior to the games this weekend.  Two important topics I did discuss: -Jordy Mercer left Wednesday’s game in the second inning after colliding with Anthony Norman on a pop-up to left field.  Jordy said that his back was sore from the collision, but that he will be fine and that it...

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Owens, Curve Catch Some Bad Breaks

You always hear the expression “he only threw one bad pitch” when a pitcher throws an excellent game, with his only blemish being a home run.  The problem with this phrase is that the pitcher probably threw a lot of bad pitches, but he only paid for one of them.  That wasn’t the case with Altoona Curve starter Rudy Owens tonight, as Altoona fell to Richmond 4-1. Owens was spectacular, with excellent control and...

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