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Thoughts from Tuesday's Altoona Doubleheader

By Kipper @pghsportsforum
I stayed in Altoona for work Monday - Thursday and I was able to sneak away to catch most of the double header on Tuesday. Here were my thoughts.
Glasnow - Not the kind of polish I was hoping for. He sat 91-94 on the Altoona gun touching 96. That means he was sitting 101-107 touching 110 in Cincinnati. Most other places he was probably in the 93-95 range bumping it up to 98 from time to time. His curve is a great out pitch and it baffled a kind of crappy Sea Wolves lineup. Problem is, he either struck guys out or got absolutely clobbered making some sharp outs and allowing for some gap shots. Command is more of an issue than control at this point. He did a lot of Locke-esque nibbling and was just missing. As good as his fast ball can be, he was cautious with it. He was trying to pitch down in the zone but left it up some and often missed low.
Bell - As others have said, don't worry too much about the power issues. The ball explodes off the bat. He's not too far from being ready and I suspect there are systems where he'd be in the majors already. Might be my new #1 prospect.
Moroff - Don't sleep on him. Good contact skills. Hits for a little power and could hit for more as he matures. I think he might be the heir apparent to Walker if he doesn't get traded.
Frazier - Saw him hit 6 times and he hit the ball to all fields. Not a lot of pop but he hits well enough to play at SS. Lots of range at the position.
Valle - I wouldn't sleep on him either. Good D and a nice pull line drive stroke.
Josuna - Hit everything on the line. Seems contact to just hit singles.
Gamache - A guy I've liked by the numbers, didn't disappoint in person.
Allie - Didn't make good contact often enough, but when he did....
Clario Perez - About what I would hope the Pirates give up if they get Jeff Franceour. He started off with a four pitch walk and I decided maybe it was time to get something to eat.
Mel Rojas Jr. - He's the total package defensively, but just didn't impress at the plate.
Benedict - Fastball was better than I thought. Not a starter though as he lost velocity by the second inning.

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