Altoona won a wild game last night, taking home a 13-12 victory in 11 innings. Six different Curve players homered, including this shot from Alen Hanson that temporarily put them up a run in the 10th inning. Hanson has been on a mini hot streak, batting .406 in his last eight games with three triples and two homers. The home run last night was his 9th of the season and 33rd extra-base hit.
Down in the GCL, 18-year-old infielder Sam Kennelly is getting his first taste of playing time in the United States. He was signed as a shortstop, but showed his versatility with the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League this Winter by playing all four infield positions. In the video below, courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page, Kennelly legs out his second double of the season. He is hitting .281 with a .705 OPS in nine games.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.