Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/17/11


Top Pitcher: Colton Cain (6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo (3-for-6, 2B, R, RBI)

Home Runs: Calvin Anderson (2)


Burres pitched seven shutout innings, striking out eight.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 6, Indianapolis 4 (13 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo (3-for-6, 2B, R, RBI)

Notes: Indianapolis and Louisville went to 13 innings tonight, in one of two marathon games for the Pirates’ affiliates.  Neither teams scored in the first seven innings, with Brian Burres (2.55) doing his part for the Indians.  Burres pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out eight.  Dan Meyer (5.40) and Daniel Moskos (0.00) combined to give up four runs in the eighth inning.  Meyer allowed three runs, getting just one out.  Moskos allowed the final run, which was unearned, while closing out the inning.

Indianapolis managed to score four runs in the top of the ninth, thanks to an RBI triple by Matt Hague (.302), and a two RBI double by Dusty Brown (.286).  Hague went 2-for-6 with a double and a triple.  Andrew Lambo (.250) brought Hague in with a single, going 3-for-6 with a double on the day.  The Indianapolis offense failed to score the rest of the game.  Justin Thomas (2.08) and Cesar Valdez (11.81) each pitched two shutout innings.  Tony Watson (0-2, 4.76) took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits, giving up a walk off home run.


Pribanic allowed just an unearned run in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Richmond 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez (2-for-3, HBP, 2 RBI)

Notes: Aaron Pribanic (1-0, 2.25) put up a great line in his second start at the AA level, pitching six innings, and allowing one unearned run on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Tom Boleska (0.00) followed that up with two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out one.  Michael Dubee (1.42) also threw a shutout inning, striking out two.

That was all Altoona needed, as the offense combined for five runs of support.  Brock Holt (.308) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  Tony Sanchez (.290) went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.  Eric Fryer (.286) went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run, and an RBI.  Miles Durham (.121) went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a stolen base.


McPherson struck out eight in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 4 (13 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos (2-for-4, BB, SB)

Notes: Bradenton also went 13 innings, after blowing a two run lead in the bottom of the eighth.  Kyle McPherson (1.62) had a great start, pitching seven innings, with two runs allowed on six hits, along with eight strikeouts and no walks.  McPherson left with the score 4-2 in the eighth inning.  Porfirio Lopez (6.23) gave up two runs, getting just one out.  One of the runs scored when Diego Moreno (4.50) was on the mound.  Jhonathan Ramos (2.00) continued his impressive run so far this season, pitching three shutout innings.  Gabriel Alvarado (0-1, 5.40) took the loss, allowing the winning run in the 13th.

Robbie Grossman (.302) and Evan Chambers (.256) each went 2-for-6.  Ramon Cabrera (.462) went 2-for-5 with a walk and a run.  Adalberto Santos (.375) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.  Calvin Anderson (.188) went 1-for-6 with a solo homer, his second of the year.


Cain had a great start, allowing just one hit through six innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Augusta 0

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain (6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr (3-for-5, R)

Notes: West Virginia got a great start from Colton Cain (1-0, 0.00), who pitched six shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out five.  Cain has now started off his West Virginia career with 10.2 innings without an earned run.  His only run allowed came in game one, which was unearned.  In this time he’s allowed six hits, two walks, and has struck out ten.  Kevin Decker (4.50) pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Ryan Beckman (0.00) pitched a shutout inning, with two hits and two strikeouts.

Gift Ngoepe (.308) and Matt Curry (.364) each went 2-for-5 with a double.  Ngoepe also stole a base.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.243) went 3-for-5 with a run scored.  Kevin Mort (.308) went 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs.  Daniel Grovatt (.333) went 1-for-2 with two walks, a stolen base, and an RBI.

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Does anybody know how Cain is looking velocity wise, and if he throws a curve or slider? His review out of high school was his curve was slow and sloppy. Did he tighten it up or switch to a slider?

Good to see some of the young pitchers stepping up. I know it is really early but still something that is needed… Some good pitchers are going to have run through WV this year. Cain could be a special one too.

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