Where are they Now and Where are they Going?

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The Major League Baseball season is underway (Pirates are 2-1) and the Minor League Baseball season begins this Thursday as almost all of the full-season teams will have their season openers (including the Altoona Curve who play in Erie at 6:35 pm on Thursday). With everyone getting going, CurveBall Blog thought it would be fun to take a look at the notable players from the 2010 MLB Draft and see where they will be starting. I’ll take a look at the notable players from the Pirates 2010 draft and give you their destinations to start the season in tomorrow’s blog.

2010 MLB Draft

#1 Bryce Harper: As reported on his official Twitter page the heavy-hitting youngster will take his talents to Hagerstown, Maryland to begin his professional debut. Harper, who hit 7-for-18 (.389) in Major League Spring Training, looks to have his star shine bright with the Suns and I expect him to truly dominate the level. Many teams in the South Atlantic League are already hyping their home meetings with the Suns so their fans can see Harper and he will absolutely create a boost in the Hagerstown attendance. The prediction here is that Harper will receive a mid-season promotion to Potomac and play against the Curve in 2012.

#2 Jameson Taillon: Also, as reported on his official Twitter page the young arm for the Pirates is headed to play for the West Virginia Power, once it warms up. Taillon will remain in Bradenton and continue to work and should join the Power in about a month. He may spend the entire season with West Virginia and his Altoona ETA will be at some point in 2012.

#3 Manny Machado: After a nine-game debut last season where he hit .306, the 18-year-old shortstop is expected to join the Delmarva Shorebirds, and be their starter on Opening Day. Machado has a projectable 6-3 185-pound frame and is expected to flourish. However, Machado should be warned with the seasons Jio Myer had last season with Lexington as the top SS in the ’09 draft (he hit .235) and the season Tim Beckham had in 2009 after being the top SS in the ’08 draft, also in theย  SAL (43 errors). Machado should be in Bowie to face the Curve in 2012.

#4 Christian Colon: The former Cal State Fullerton star hit .278 last season in 60 games at High-A Wilmington and will open his first full season as the shortstop for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in Double-A. Colon was the #4 overall pick in 2010 and is number 6 in Baseball America’s prospect handbook. The the players drafted ahead of Colon are all #1 in their respective team’s rankings. This speaks to how loaded the Royals are with young talent. Colon is in the Texas league and will not play at BCB.

#5 Drew Pomeranz: The fifth pick overall and Ole Miss standout will open his first season in High-A with the Kinston Indians. Pomeranz is pretty polished and could turn out to be one of the best lefties in the minors this season. Pomeranz, depending on how he does, may get a mid-season promotion this year and pitch against the Curve in Altoona during their series with Akron which begins on July 4th. Keep an eye out for this one.

#6 Barret Loux: Loux was drafted by Arizona, was offered $2 million to sign, failed his physical and was then declared a free agent. The Texas Rangers then picked Loux up at almost 7-times less the price he was to sign with Arizona. Loux has significant wear in his shoulder and elbow, which is why Arizona did not sign him, but he has been throwing in the Spring with no problems. Loux will open with High-A Myrtle Beach and we’ll see how it goes. The Rangers, who are already stacked with pitching, took a gamble on Loux, but it could really pay off. The Rangers do not have an EL affiliate and Loux will not pitch at BCB.

#7 Matt Harvey: He pitched in college at UNC and has thrown with the B-Mets in the Spring. Harvey will likely open in High-A and he could be in Altoona with the B-Mets in the first week of August.

#11 Deck McGuire: McGuire signed late for $2 million and did not pitch last season. He was not listed on the Opening Day roster for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats so he will likely open in Dunedin. Curve fans saw Kyle Drabek last season, who made the majors last year, and they should see McGuire at least in the August series at BCB.

#20 Kolbrin Vitek: Ball State has had a number of high draft choices lately, two by the Boston Red Sox, and Vitek is the latest. Vitek will join his fellow Ball State teammate and 2009 4th round pick Jeremy Hazelbaker to begin the season in High-A Salem. Both will need to improve upon last year, however, both of them could make it the Double-A in 2011. The Sea Dogs come to Altoona for the final time in June, and that is probably too early. We’ll see them at BCB in 2012.

Of note:

The 9th overall selection in 2009, Jacob Turner, who signed a $7 million guaranteed contract will open in Erie and will likely be the first starting pitcher the Curve will face this season.

Tony Sanchez, the No. 4 overall pick from 2009 will be in Altoona to start the year playing for the Curve. The young catcher and Miami, Fla. native is a must-see this season at BCB.


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