Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/15/11


Top Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brian Friday (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R)

Home Runs: Pedro Ciriaco (2)


Owens allowed two runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Columbus 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brian Friday (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R)

Notes: Rudy Owens (4.70) followed up on a strong start in his last outing, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings this time around, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Justin Thomas (2-1, 4.42) got the win with a perfect inning.  Evan Meek (0.00) started his rehab work, pitching a perfect inning with one strikeout.  Meek threw 12 pitches, with nine going for strikes.  Cesar Valdez (3.18) allowed a run on two hits in an inning of work.

Pedro Ciriaco (.185) went 1-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.  John Bowker (.333) went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud (.260) went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Brian Friday (.263) went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.


Pribanic pitched six shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Erie 2, Altoona 1 (13 innings)

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Miles Durham (1-for-5, 2B, RBI)

Notes: Aaron Pribanic (2.48) got the start tonight, pitching six shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out four.  Matt McSwain (6.75) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Tim Alderson (0.84) allowed one unearned run in three innings of work, with three hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.  Michael Dubee (3.22) added two shutout innings, giving up just one hit.  Chris Leroux (1-2, 2.57) allowed an unearned run in one inning of work.

Jordy Mercer (.227) went 1-for-6 with a double.  Miles Durham (.220) went 1-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Brock Holt (.283) went 1-for-4.


Ramos pitched four shutout innings in relief.

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Inman (2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (1-for-4)

Notes: Jeffrey Inman (1-2, 2.25) only went two innings tonight, allowing a run on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  No word on why Inman only lasted two innings.  Jhonathan Ramos (3.04) pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out six.  Porfirio Lopez (4.58) pitched three shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two.

The Bradenton offense was silent tonight, being limited to just one hit.  Robbie Grossman (.244) got the hit, going 1-for-4.  Ramon Cabrera (.412) went 0-for-2 with a walk.


Cain allowed two runs in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Kannapolis 5, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Kevin Mort (2-for-4, 2B)

Notes: Colton Cain (2-3, 3.62) allowed two runs on three hits in five innings, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Casey Sadler (4.30) pitched two shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two.  Trent Stevenson (5.89) allowed three runs on four hits in two innings.

Kevin Mort (.224) went 2-for-4 with a double.  Daniel Grovatt (.286) went 1-for-4.  Elias Diaz (.151) went 1-for-3.




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Andy Close

Went to the Altoona game yesterday and was very impressed with Aaron Pribanic. The fastball velocity wasnt’t great (he sat between 89-91 most of the game according to the stadium gun, which I’ve heard can be very spotty ).  What surprised me was the offspeed pitches. He was able to consistently throw his curve for strikes and was able to generate some swings and misses with the slider. As a result, he only had one ball that was hit with any kind of authority against him. I didn’t really consider Pribanic much of a prospect before the season due to overall lack of swing and miss stuff, but if he continues to pitch the way he has I think he will start to change some minds, including my own.

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