Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/31/11


Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (9.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Shelby Ford (2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI)

Home Runs: Shelby Ford (1), Kelly Aponte (2)



Owens was hammered for seven runs in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Scranton/WB 10, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens (5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Shelby Ford (2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI)

Notes: Rudy Owens (4-4, 4.95) had a rough night, allowing seven runs on ten hits in five innings.  Owens allowed five runs in the first, needing 40 pitches to get through the inning.  He threw 47 pitches in the next four innings, allowing two runs.  Cesar Valdez (2.64) pitched 1.2 shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Corey Wimberly (9.00) actually threw an inning in relief, allowing one run.

Shelby Ford (.625) went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Alex Presley (.340) went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Miles Durham (.143) went 1-for-3 with a double.


Pribanic pitched seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Trenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (4-for-5, 2 2B)

Check out John Dreker’s live recap of the game

Notes: Aaron Pribanic (5-2, 2.29) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Michael Dubee (2.93) pitched a shutout inning, striking out two.  Noah Krol (3.80) allowed one run, but got the save.

Brock Holt (.296) went 4-for-5 with two doubles.  Matt Curry (.250) went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Tony Sanchez (.272) went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.


McPherson lost a no hitter in the ninth inning.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Brevard County 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (9.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez (2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI)

Notes: Kyle McPherson (4-1, 2.93) pitched a complete game, allowing just one hit.  The one hit came with one out in the ninth, on a solo home run.

Elevys Gonzalez (.314) went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.  Evan Chambers (.196) went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Jarek Cunningham (.291) went 1-for-2 with a double.


Grovatt went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Hickory 2

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain (6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Daniel Grovatt (3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB)

Notes: Colton Cain (4-4, 3.42) pitched six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Vincent Payne (0.00) made his West Virginia debut, pitching two shutout innings, allowing one walk and striking out one.  Zac Fuesser (2.57) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.

Daniel Grovatt (.299) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, and a stolen base.  Drew Maggi (.210) went 2-for-4.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.247) went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs.

DSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Red Sox 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Jimy Hernandez (1.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez (2-for-3, BB, RBI)

Notes: Jesus Vasquez (.417) went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Yefaine Gerald (.417) went 2-for-4.  Diomedes Mateo (0.00) pitched three shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks, and striking out five.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Mariners 9, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Julio Vivas (4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jose Roman (3-for-5, 2B, SB)

Notes: Jose Roman (.360) went 3-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.  Dilson Herrera (.367) went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs.  Jordan Galvez (.310) went 2-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base.




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Lee Young

Seeing that name ‘Diomedes Mateo’, reminds me of that Pirate ‘great’ Diomedes Olivo. As a kid, I always loved that name, esp how Bob Prince pronounced it….drawing it out, not unlike Alvin O’Neal McBean!

Ok………..so much for reminiscing……..what is wrong with Rudy Owens? And, Jeff Locke? Is 2011 the year to pound ‘soft tossing lefties’?



Any word on why Starling got pulled in Altoona?

Over/Under 3 starts before Pribanic, Mcpherson, and Cumpton all bumped up a level? Accompanying a Gallagher demotion or Lincoln promotion.

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