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RubberDucks hang on for dear life in 5-4 win at Altoona

ALTOONA, PA – Funny thing in baseball. You never know when a one-run game is going to break out.   That was the last thing the Akron RubberDucks were expecting as Friday night’s game with Altoona went to the bottom of the ninth with Akron holding a 5-1 lead in the series opener at People’s Natural Gas Field. After all, the Curve had been held to just one run on the night...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks win 6-4, take series against Altoona

AKRON, OH – A two-run second inning, followed by another third-inning run gave the Akron RubberDucks an early lead, which they hung on to defeat the Altoona Curve 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Canal Park. Bryson Myles singled to right field with no outs in the bottom of the second to send Joe Wendle, who reached on a walk, to third. A RBI single from Jordan Smith brought Wendle...
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

RubberDucks fall to Curve 5-3 in series opener

AKRON, OH – A one-out RBI triple from Tyler Naquin in the bottom of the eighth would bring the RubberDucks within one run of Altoona, but the Curve would respond with another run in the top of the ninth to stay ahead and seal a 5-3 victory. The Altoona Curve (10-9) hit the ground running, posting a pair of runs in in each of the opening two innings. After striking out one to...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Prospects Who Are Eligible For the 2013 Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates set their 40-man roster today, adding four players and protecting those players from the upcoming Rule 5 draft on December 12th. The players on the lists below are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. When a player is eligible for the Rule 5 draft, that means any team can select him in the draft, paying $50,000 to the former team. The drafting team has to protect...
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November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Who Should the Pirates Protect From the Rule 5 Draft?

In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’ve posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you’ve been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible. **If a player was...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Polanco Picks Up Another Hit, Rojas Makes Debut

In the Dominican, Gregory Polanco extended his hitting streak to eight games on Sunday with a double in five AB’s. Despite the hitting streak, he has gone 3-for-13 in his last three games with five strikeouts. He is hitting .394 in 33 AB’s, just two less AB’s than he had all of last Winter in the Dominican. Mel Rojas made his Winter debut last night Carlos Paulino went 1-for...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Austin Meadows is the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month For August

Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of August and the first few days of September. The rankings include every...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Balance Between Minor League Stats and Skills

Tyler Glasnow had one of the best strikeout seasons by a pitcher in a long time. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg) All season I’ve talked about Tyler Glasnow, who dominated the South Atlantic League this year. I’ve also talked a lot lately about Austin Meadows, due to the fact that Meadows has been crushing the ball in the last week for Jamestown, capping off a strong pro debut. In each...
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September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Jarek Cunningham Hits 19th Homer in Altoona’s Final Game

The Altoona Curve lost a tough game in eleven innings to end the season on a sour note. The Curve had a 2-0 lead until the seventh inning. Alen Hanson helped the Akron Aeros get the lead with a fielding error. Akron’s Matt Lawson broke the tie in the eleventh with an RBI single to right field, which was followed by a Chris Wallace sacrifice fly. The Curve got on board in the third...
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Clinches Playoff Spot, Meadows and Herrera Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Kingham Labors As Curve Prevail

Nick Kingham struck out eight in 4.2 innings. A double to deep center field in the top of the seventh by Carlos Paulino plated Drew Maggi from first for the eventual winning run, as the Curve beat the Flying Squirrels 3-2 in the first of two games Saturday night. Starter Nick Kingham lasted just 4.2 innings while throwing 103 pitches. He allowed four hits, walked five and hit one...
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August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Rojas Collects Three Extra Base Hits, GCL Pirates Face Halladay

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
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August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Nick Kingham Overcomes Slow Start In Trenton

Nick Kingham was on the mound for Altoona tonight as they took on the Trenton Thunder on the road. The game was delayed at the beginning due to a heavy downpour about a half hour before first pitch was scheduled. With the delay setting the game back 15 minutes, it looked like Kingham was off his game in the first inning, but he settled down for the next 4 2/3 innings, turning a poor...
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Performers: Dickerson and Rojas Hitting Their Way Back to Top Prospect Status

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
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July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Glasnow Takes The Hill Tonight

Tyler Glasnow gets the start for West Virginia on the road today. He comes into the game with the highest strikeout total in the organization. Altoona is now on their All-Star break. They will resume play on Thursday. West Virginia was off yesterday.For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions...
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July 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Kingham Goes For Altoona Tonight

Nick Kingham will get the start tonight for Altoona, coming off his last outing, which was cut short by rain. The Jamestown game was suspended in the third inning with the Jammers up 1-0 over Auburn. The game will be completed before the start of today’s regularly scheduled game. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: Seven Games On The Holiday Schedule

It may be a holiday for most people, but there are still seven games on the minor league schedule today. Only Bradenton has the day off. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Sadler to the DL, Rojas Activated From the DL

Casey Sadler has been placed on the Altoona DL. Here are the minor league transactions today: **Casey Sadler has been placed on the Altoona DL with a right knee contusion. The right-hander left his last start after one batter after being hit in the knee with a comebacker to the mound. **Mel Rojas has been activated from the DL. Rojas was placed on the DL a week ago with a left oblique...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Officially Sign Third Round Pick JaCoby Jones

UPDATE MONDAY 4:17 PM: The Pirates have officially announced the signing. Jones will begin his career in Jamestown. THURSDAY: According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with third round pick JaCoby Jones. More LSU #mlbdraft news: #Pirates, 3rd-rder JaCoby Jones agree to $612k. Best athlete in college crop, VG speed & raw power, future...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League Schedule: A Busy Saturday For The System

Altoona had the second game of their doubleheader rained out last night. They will try to play two again tonight. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found...
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June 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates Agree With Third Round Pick JaCoby Jones

According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with third round pick JaCoby Jones. More LSU #mlbdraft news: #Pirates, 3rd-rder JaCoby Jones agree to $612k. Best athlete in college crop, VG speed & raw power, future CF. — Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 27, 2013 Jones received $612,000, which is exactly the slot price. Callis notes...
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June 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Mel Rojas and Chad Kuhl to the DL

Mel Rojas has been placed on the Altoona DL. Two injury updates to note over the last two days: **Altoona placed Mel Rojas on the disabled list with a left oblique injury yesterday. That’s unfortunate, as Rojas has been finally performing well. Since the second week of May he was hitting for a .304/.366/.459 line in 135 at-bats. In the past Rojas would go on short hot streaks,...
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June 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Cunningham Hits 14th Homer; Strong Pro Debut For Dickson

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Trends — Turning Around Flagging Careers

Hafner has fanned 12.8 hitters per nine innings. The Pirates have several minor leaguers working to revive stalled careers.  Surprisingly, the organization now has better depth in hitters than pitchers at the upper levels.  Or maybe I should say “healthy pitchers.” The Good Chase d’Arnaud, SS (AAA):  It’s a step forward for d’Arnaud just to be back on the field, but...
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June 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Top Performers: Power Surge For Willy Garcia; Mel Rojas Continues Hot Streak

Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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