Tag: Altoona Curve

AFL Bound Tom Harlan Showed Versatility in 2014

Left-handed Pitcher Tom Harlan spent the first year and a half of his minor league career as a reliever, and was extremely efficient. At Low A West Virginia in 2013, Harlan had a 2.27 ERA in 74 innings to go along with an impressive 74/14 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 2014, 24-year-old Harlan continued his success out […]
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Willy Garcia Establishing Himself as a Top Prospect

As 2014 is coming to a close, one prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system is progressing as well as any player within the organization. Right fielder Willy Garcia, just 21 years old and playing in his first full season for the Double-A Altoona Curve, has taken major strides this season defensively, as well as […]
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Prospect Report: Nick Kingham’s Drop in Velocity and Increase in Walks

Despite finally picking up some of the recognition he deserves, Nick Kingham isn’t letting anything outside of the field affect his game. “I don’t put any pressure on myself,” Kingham said. “I feel like the game puts enough pressure on you just to go out and do whatever you know how to do, and know […]
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Prospect Reports: Adrian Sampson Searching for Consistency

Bringing up the name Adrian Sampson won’t ring many bells across the baseball world. Most fans, including some that follow the Pirates, likely have never heard of the 2012 5th round pick. He didn’t receive an excessive signing bonus when drafted, and he wasn’t particularly effective in 140 innings in High-A last year. That all […]
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Jeff Locke Optioned to Double-A Altoona

As a part of the moves made to clear space for the arrivals of Marlon Byrd and John Buck, Jeff Locke has been optioned to Double-A Altoona, joining Tony Sanchez. The move to option the players allows the Pirates to have them back on the major-league roster next Tuesday as the organization anticipates the Curve’s […]
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One day, two wins: Taillon, Lambo lead Curve to snap four-game...

The Altoona Curve picked up two wins today against the Richmond Flying Squirrels at People’s Natural Gas Field. First, Andrew Lambo singled home Charlie Cutler in the 11th inning to end last night’s rain suspended game with a 2-1 victory. Then, Jameson Taillon threw seven shutout innings to pace the Curve to the second win […]
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2012 Minor League Baseball Attendance Rankings

Recently released attendance numbers and how the Pirates' affiliates ranked.
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Gerrit Cole Labors in Start Against Akron

Attendance was a little sparse to start the game at the neo-retro gem of a ballpark known as Canal Park in downtown Akron.  Whether it was the pockets of gray clouds overhead or the Italian-American festival outside that was siphoning fans away, there were plenty of good seats available. Those in attendance were able to […]
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Duke Welker Lighting Up the Radar Guns in Altoona

ALTOONA, Pa. — Standing at 6′ 7″, 260 pounds, Duke Welker is a big man. But he’s got an even bigger arm. The right-hander has seen his fastball light up the radar guns throughout the Eastern League touching 98, 99 and even 100 in relief from the Altoona Bullpen. Welker has made 13 appearances with […]
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Cumpton Throws Seven Strong Innings, Cunningham Returns From DL in Altoona...

ALTOONA, Pa. — Right-hander Brandon Cumpton has been solid in his first year at the Double-A level. His last trip to the mound on Saturday in Erie, Cumpton allowed five earned runs for the first time since April 7, his first start of the season. In the six starts between, Cumpton hadn’t allowed more than three […]
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