Despite scoring nine runs on Thursday night and the fact that they have a 19-17 record, the Altoona Curve are the worst hitting team in the Eastern League. It's a team full of hitters who have track records of hitting well in the minors. Let's face it though, not many guys get to Double-A without hitting their way there in the first place. So the track record doesn't guarantee success at a level that many hitters never surpass.

This group of players is different though because they have so many prospects and numerous players with previous experience at the level. Many of them are coming in under numbers we have seen in the past at Altoona. That makes you think that good things could be in store for this club.

No one should expect Cole Tucker to continue to slump. Unless he's playing ...

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