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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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- MLB Trade rumors believes 2011 is a make or break year for catcher Ryan Doumit. The 29-year-old went from the Pirates everyday catcher in 2008 to a bench, backup catcher role that he is likely to see this season. The Bucs have publicly made it known they were shopping Doumit, but no trade has been made. Since putting up .318 during the 2008 season, Doumit’s has been struggling at both hitting (.250, .251 average’s in 2009 and 2010) and fielding (.987, .990 fielding percentage’s with nine past balls last season and only 12% caught stealing).
MLBTR believes Doumit is a “defensive liability” as an everyday catcher and thinks he is better suited in the American League where he can serve as a backup and occasion designated hitter role.
- During President Frank Coonelly’s live chat on Wednesday, he was asked ‘what is the plan for Jameson Taillon? Will the injury to Stephen Strasburg last year have any impact on his movement through the Minors?’
“No final decision has been made with respect to where Jameson will begin his professional career, but, given what we’ve seen to date, I would expect that Jameson will begin in Charleston, West Virginia, with the Power. The mayor of Charleston attended our caravan stop on Monday and encouraged a commitment that both Taillon and Allie begin their careers in Charleston, but I was only comfortable indicating that was the most likely scenario.”
- The fans are not the only ones itching for the season to begin. Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez (TSanchez26) had this to say on Wednesday: “cannot wait to start mashing fastballs again.”
- MLB Network will be airing their ‘Top 10 second baseman right now’ Thursday at 8 PM/ET and Pirates fans should be looking for the Pittsburgh Kid. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review said, “Neil Walker is youngest player voted onto MLB Network’s list of Top 10 second basemen.’
When I asked Biertempfel if he had any idea where in the list he would be ranked, he told me, “Neil Walker is ranked somewhere 6-10, along with Kinsler, Weeks, Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson.”