Archive

10 top Pirates prospects on Altoona Curve opening-day roster | TribLIVE.com
Pirates/MLB

10 top Pirates prospects on Altoona Curve opening-day roster

Chris Adamski
GTRBucs05031118
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Pirates pitching prospect Mitch Keller works out at minor league camp Friday, March 9, 2018, at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla.

The Altoona Curve set their opening day roster Thursday. As is typical, the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate features a bounty of the organization’s top prospects.

Ten players listed among the top 30 prospects lists for the Pirates by either MLB.com or Baseball America will start the 2018 season with the Curve, including consensus top prospect Mitch Keller.

A righthanded pitcher, Keller is ranked the No. 12 prospect by Baseball America, No. 15 by MLB.com. Also beginning with Altoona are three Pirates’ first-round picks taken over the prior four drafts: infielders Will Craig (2016), Ke’Bryan Hayes (2015) and Cole Tucker (2014).

The centerpiece of the Andrew McCutchen trade, outfielder Bryan Reynolds, was assigned to Altoona, as have lefthanders Taylor Hearn and Brandon Waddell, righthanders Dario Agrazal and Yeudy Garcia and infielder Stephen Alemais.

Hayes, Tucker, Reynolds and Hearn have top-10 organizational prospect rankings by MLB.com and/or Baseball America.

The Curve’s 20th season was scheduled to begin Thursday night at home against Akron.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.