Bucs play all nine from Curve

Wednesday was a historic day for the Curve, as for the first time ever, the entire Pirates starting lineup for a game was made up of former Altoona players.

For their game in St. Louis, which resulted in a 4-3 win, the Bucs’ starting lineup consisted of: 2B Adam Frazier, CF Starling Marte, 1B Josh Bell, RF Jordan Luplow, 3B Kevin Kramer, LF Pablo Reyes, SS Kevin Newman, C Jacob Stallings and P Jameson Taillon.

There was a game in Baltimore last year in which all nine starting position players for the Pirates were Curve alums, the first time that had ever occurred. But that game came with an asterisk, as the designated hitter was David Freese, who never played for Altoona.

The Curve recently completed their 20th season, and Wednesday’s milestone will go down in team history as a unique achievement.

It’s very rare for a major league team to have a starting lineup entirely of home-grown prospects, simply because of free agency and trades. But finally, after 20 years, it happened to the Curve.

“Such a great day for our organization,” Curve manager Michael Ryan said. “To sit on the couch and watch all nine in today’s lineup contribute was amazing. Knowing each player was from our system was an absolute thrill to see. Huge day for our scouting and player development.”

— Cory Giger

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