Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/23/11


Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (3-for-4, 2B)

Home Runs: Alex Presley (5), Rogelios Noris (2), Eric Avila (1)


Lincoln allowed two runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Hague (3-for-4, 2B)

Notes: Brad Lincoln (4-4, 4.13) continued his successful run lately, pitching six innings and allowing two runs on five hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Chris Leroux (5.40) pitched two perfect innings, striking out one.

Matt Hague (.295) went 3-for-4 with a double.  Alex Presley (.333) went 1-for-4 with a solo homer, an inside the park home run.  Chase d’Arnaud was placed on the disabled list earlier today with a groin strain.  With Pedro Ciriaco currently in the majors, Greg Picart was called up to play shortstop.


Fryer went 3-for-4 tonight.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 7, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer (3-for-4, RBI)

Notes: Jeff Locke (2-5, 5.13) had his second poor outing in a row, allowing five runs on six hits in five innings, with three walks and six strikeouts.  Locke allowed eight runs in 4.2 innings his last time out.  Anthony Claggett (4.13) allowed two runs in 3.1 innings.

Starling Marte (.331) went 2-for-5 with a double.  Kris Watts (.288) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored.  Eric Fryer (.320) went 3-for-4 with an RBI.


Baker struck out eight in six shutout innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 5, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman (2-for-4, 3B)

Notes: Nathan Baker (4.84) had one of his best starts of the year, pitching six shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out eight.  Duke Welker (3.93) pitched a shutout inning, striking out two.  Ryan Beckman (0-3, 2.84) allowed five runs, two earned, on four hits, getting just two outs.

Robbie Grossman (.261) went 2-for-4 with a triple.  Aaron Baker (.271) also went 2-for-4.  Adalberto Santos (.286) went 1-for-4 with a triple.


Avila went 1-for-3 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon (5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Avila (1-for-3, HR, BB)

Notes: Jameson Taillon (3.38) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Tyler Waldron (4-2, 4.26) allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.

Rogelios Noris (.247) went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Eric Avila (.191) went 1-for-3 with a homer and two runs.  Drew Maggi (.204) went 1-for-4 with three stolen bases.  Matt Curry (.368) and Justin Howard (.272) each went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk.

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Box Score

Result: Phillies 10, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi (4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla (3-for-5, 2B, BB, 2 RBI)

Notes: Dilson Herrera (.269) went 1-for-5 with a triple and two walks, along with two stolen bases.  Herrera has recorded a hit in each of his first six games.  Ulises Montilla (.429) went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBIs.  Bealyn Chourio (.429) went 2-for-5 with a walk.  Andy Otamendi (1.29) pitched four shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks.  Otamendi has allowed one run on eight hits in his first seven innings.

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I’m starting to think Matthew Curry is getting real close to obtaining the prospect tag, his play since we drafted him has been solid.

Sad to see the regression of Jeff Locke this year. Thought he would build on his fine 2010 season.

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