Aaron Shackelford: Reverse Splits Key To Power Surge In Altoona

If you look at the organizational leaders in home runs right now for the Pittsburgh Pirates, first up you will see Matt Gorski. The outfielder has been out since June and still leads the system with 23 home runs -- an impressive testament to his blazing hot start.
The player behind Gorski is somewhat a surprise, with Altoona infielder Aaron Shackelford currently leading among ‘active’ players with 17.
It’s only somewhat a surprise if you never heard of Shackelford before, as he was one of a handful of players to top 20-home runs last year in the Pirates’ system.
Doing it in Greensboro of course is one thing but being able to do it not only in Altoona but against Double-A pitching would be a different story.
Not only is he on pace to surpass his home run totals from a year ago, but he i...



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Wish I was still in the area for this season. Shack, Alvarez, and Gorski all take big daddy hacks. Fun to watch!


Why is there never any talk about giving Shackelford a shot at playing first in Pittsburgh? I haven’t watched enough Altoona games to have an opinion about his defense but in 262 chances at first this year he’s only made two errors. He has to be better than VanMeter and I’m starting to wonder about Chavis. We’ll see how Madris does and I’d still support giving Martin a chance despite his only hitting around .200 with a lot of homers and RBI, but it seems to me Shackelford should at least be in the conversation.


After reading what his signing bonus was I want this guy to at least get a cuppa!

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He an Alvarez were after thoughts but both have shown an ability to hit for power. What next for them, I am not sure but maybe it is breakout for each of them.

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