The Pirates had a great come back win to stop their mini-slide. Good to see. However with the draft upcoming, I have to admit that I am enjoying the minor leagues a little more right now. Although major league debuts from Dusty Brown and Josh Harrison resulted in hits for both. Harrison in fact had the game tying RBI.
Matt Curry is the big news. He made the jump from A ball where he was hitting .370 or so to AA. Big move, but in two games he is hitting .250 with a hit and a run in each game so far. Howard will now get some field time. I think this was a good move by the Pirates, and I think it means Matt Curry is going to go to the Arizona Fall League. You have to get exceptions if they are not in AA. Now Curry qualifies and they can beg exceptions on other players like Victor Black.
That is right Victor Black is back in West Virginia and pitched two nice one inning outings. Joining Victor in the WV bullpen is Vincent Payne a late round pick last year. He did briefly make an appearance at State College, but spent most of the time in Rookie League.
Drew Maggi has returned to the land of prospects. He had one of the worse Aprils I have ever seen. But in May he is hitting .252, and he is walking more as well. He is hitting .270 in his last 10.
Eric Fryer has moved up to Indy while Dusty Brown is in the majors thanks to an untimely injury to Ryan Doumit. He got a hit in his first game, but was hitless today. It is worth keeping an eye on him.
The VSL and DSL have started. Last year signee Dilsen Herrea has hit safely in every game now (I believe that is correct). He looks very good with the stick. He hit his 5th double today.
Last year's draft keeps looking better and better. Taillon is amazing. Mel Rojas started slow, but is hitting now. Brandon Crumpton is on fire. Literally blazing through hitters. Tyler Waldron is also showing he has decent stuff. Curry is already in AA. Maggi is coming around. Justin Howard has been near .300 all year. And best of all is Daniel Grovatt. He is hitting .300 as well and drawing a lot of walks. We have not even seen Allie, Lakind, or Penvy yet this year. And even the guys who are really just minor league depth like Kevin Decker are pitching well.
Slightly early gamethread: Taillon faces Arrieta
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