Prospects highlight of roster

BRADENTON, Fla. – The Curve’s opening-day roster will include two of the Pirates’ top 10 prospects, but for now it does not include slugging first baseman Stetson Allie.

Right-handed starter Nick Kingham is the highest-rated prospect on the roster, slotted at No. 5 by Baseball America. Kingham posted a 2.70 ERA and 3-3 record in 14 games (12 starts) for Altoona last year.

Shortstop Alen Hanson isn’t far behind at No. 6. Hanson joined the Curve for the final portion of last year and hit .255 with one homer, five triples and 10 RBIs in 35 games.

Allie was expected to be on the opening-day roster, revealed by the Pirates on Friday, but he was slowed by an oblique injury during spring training. He’s expected to remain in extended spring training and get more at-bats until he’s ready.

A total of 14 members of the opening-day roster have played for the Curve, but outfielder Quincy Latimore will not be one of them as he was released by the Pirates on Friday. Latimore played for the Curve in 2011 and ’12 but spent last year in the Indians’ organization before getting released.

Other top prospects on the roster include: outfielder Willy Garcia (No. 14), right-hander Adrian Sampson (No. 27), second baseman Gift Ngoepe (No. 29) and left-hander Joely Rodriguez (No. 30).

The Curve are wrapping up spring training in Bradenton this weekend, then will head to Altoona next week to prepare for the season. They will be managed for a second straight year by Carlos Garcia.

FanFest Tuesday

The Curve Booster Club’s annual FanFest event at The Casino at Lakemont Park will take place Tuesday evening. There will be a reception, dinner and chance to meet and get autographs from the Curve players and coaches.

Tickets are still available but must be purchased beforehand and will not be available at the door. To purchase tickets, stop by Peoples Natural Gas Field on Monday or call 877-99-CURVE on Monday.