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Altoona Curve’s starting pitcher, Aaron Thompson, was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. He is the first award winner of the 2011 and it’s his second player of the week award in his career.
From April 7-17th, Thompson went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in his two starts. He allowed just one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over 12 innings.
A former first-round pick by the Florida Marlins in 2005, the Pirates claimed the left-hander off waivers this offseason.
- And speaking of great pitching from the Bucs minor leaguers:
Pirates starter Colton Cain pitched a gem on Sunday for Low-A West Virginia Power. He tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with one walk and five strikeouts.
Lefty Brian Burres threw seven scoreless innings for the Triple-A Indians on Sunday. He allowed just four hits and struck out eight in the 13-inning loss to the Louisville Bats.
Aaron Pribanic tossed six innings of one-run ball against the Flying Squirels on Sunday. He picked up his first win of the season with Double-A Altoona Curve.
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Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez was interviewed on milb.com and asked ten questions where he discussed topics like; the pressure of being a highly regarded prospect, Lebron James and what he bought with his signing bonus. You can read the entire chat here.
MiLB.com:What was your first day like with the Spikes as a Minor Leaguer?
Sanchez: Nerve-racking. It was surprisingly nerve-racking. We were in Williamsport playing the [Crosscutters], and there were 2,000 people in the stands, and that’s just as many as a Boston College game. It was my first coach, and he threw me behind the dish the last few innings, and I was like, ‘Oh, God, what if I come in and mess this game up?I was kinda nervous. We were tied, and in my second at-bat — man on second, two outs, tie game — I got a base hit and scored the go-ahead run, so that was pretty good. Even though it was [Class A Short Season], I was still pretty pumped.
MiLB.com: You’re arguably the Pirates’ top prospect at this point. Do you ever feel that pressure, that sense that there are a ton of fans out there waiting and watching you?
Sanchez: Pressure — the more you think about it, the more it’ll build up. Everything comes with hard work and that’s the reason why some might say I am the top prospect, and others might say someone else is the top prospect. But as long as you have the right mindset, everything will fall into place. But I try not to think about it; it’s a wonderful title to have, especially with the guys who are in our system. But you take it for what it is
MiLB.com: You got hit in the head twice pretty badly this year, and I’m sure people have asked you about that a million times — concussion-like symptoms the first time and a fractured jaw, which was wired shut, the second time. Let me first ask: you reportedly threw Chef Boyardee and Campbell’s Chunky Soup into a blender to eat during that time. How’d it taste?
Sanchez: I’m going to go out on the limb saying that breaking your jaw is in the top three worst injures in sports, because for a month straight, when you have to throw Chef Boyardee into a blender for both lunch and dinner, everyday, for a month, you’ll realize how bad that injury is. It was so bad, I was so depressed at times. I would watch my roommate, Brock Holteeat whatever he wanted, and I would have to carry it to him because he was on crutches. It was not something I would wish on my worst enemy. I went from macaroni and cheese to spaghetti and meatballs to ravioli, mini ravioli, Beefaroni, rigatoni…