I got the chance to go see the curve in action last night for the first time of the year. Here are a couple observations/questions that I cam away with.
1. The Curve looked like boys among men based on size alone. I don't know if Erie ( the Tigers AA affiliate) have a ton of stud prospects or what but it seems like half their lineup was 6'5" and had at least 15 homers on the season ( they hit 3 last night) Anybody know if they are lifelong minor leaguers or do the Tigers have some power hitting prospects.
2. Pedro Alvarez has some serious pop but struggles with off-speed pitches. After a K the first at bat , a pop up the second and a routine fly ball to left in the third I was thinking that Pedro needed to swing at the first pitch because the Sea Wolves pitcher was throwing a fastball about every time to get ahead and then came with the slow stuff. Sure enough, the fourth at bat he hit the first pitch over the left-center field wall with plenty of distance. He proceeded to strike out his last at bat as well. He definitely looks like a hitter and I look forward to seeing him play again.
Pedro also made a great stab at 3rd diving toward the line but was unable to get the throw to first in time. He did make an error earlier in the game on a throw to 2nd after a cutoff from the outfield.
3. Jose Tabata looked good last night. He started in right but moved to center when Gorkys Hernendez was removed in about the 4th. Not sure why he was taken out... Tabata had a couple nice plays in the outfield and was 3-4 on the night (all singels) His average seems to be steadily climbing and is at about .275 now I think.
4. I have heard on here that Jim Nygrych can't play 2nd base at the next level? Why is that? He seems to be pretty quick on his feet and made some routine plays as well as a couple where he had to range to his right and looked pretty smooth doing it. I agree that I can't see him playing anywhere else ( wasn't he at third for a while) because he def. has the body of a 2nd baseman. He did hit the ball hard about every time he was up.
5. If the Curve pitching staff is any indication of the pitching depth in our minor league system we still have a lot of work to do. The most efficient inning was the top of the 9th when they brough in Ray Chang, an outfielder to pitch when the score was already 19-2. Chang prodeeded to pitch like he was throwing BP and got a 1-2-3 inning!! That may have been the highlight of the night for me.