Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/27/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings as of 6/9/11.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-1, 3.16) – Next Probable Start: TBA

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 6.75) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.331) – 1-for-5, 2B

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.252) – 1-for-4

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 9.00) – Next Probable Start: 6/30

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-5, 5.33) – Currently on AAA DL

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 4.32) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-5, 3.04) – Next Probable Start: 6/28

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-5, 3.98) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-6, 4.29) – Next Probable Start: 6/29

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (1.98) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.310) – 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (5), Adalberto Santos (2), Cole White (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (39-39)

Wilson allowed four runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 4, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (9-5, 3.98) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.310) – 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Cesar Valdez, RHP (3.73) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Donald Veal, LHP (10.13) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Matt Hague, 1B (.319) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Bowker has hit three homers in his last ten games, including two in the last two days.  Hague is now 20-for-40 in his last ten games, with a 1.495 OPS in that time span.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE (34-41)

Farrell went 2-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Reading 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (4-4, 3.25) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 3B (.282) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, 2B (.287) – 2-for-4, RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.331) – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Colla now has a 3.20 ERA in 59 innings as a starter, with a 44:15 K/BB ratio.  He threw 98 pitches, 66 for strikes.  Matt Curry went 0-for-4 and is now down to a .228 average at the AA level.  Starling Marte now has a ten game hitting streak, and leads the Eastern League in hits.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS (34-41)

Baker went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 5, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (1-3, 4.45) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.297) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.283) – 2-for-4

Ramon Cabrera, C (.345) – 2-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: Adalberto Santos hit a homer, his second of the year.  Baker is now hitting for a .345/.400/.471 line in the month of June.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER (38-35)

Pounders pitched two shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Lexington 1

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (1.98) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, LF (.250) – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Cole White hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game.  He also had two outfield assists, including throwing a runner out at home.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (2-9)

Skirving had two doubles today.

Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 2, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.15) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Skirving, 1B (.211) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Samuel Gonzalez, C (.476) – 2-for-4

Kevin Kleis, RHP (7.71) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: State College lost in the bottom of the ninth when Fraylin Campos issued a walk off walk.

RK: GCL PIRATES (4-2)

The GCL played one and a half innings, but the game was suspended.  Luis Heredia pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Check out the live report from the game by Terry Mathews.

RK: DSL Pirates (14-9)

Box Score

Result: Red Sox 5, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (3-1, 3.05) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jhoanel Jimenez, C (.385) – 1-for-2, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.244) – 0-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Game Notes: The Pirates only had three hits.  Fortunato walked, and stole second and third, giving him 13 steals on the year.  The game was called after five innings.

RK: VSL Pirates (22-14)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Phillies 3

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza, RHP (4.58) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Salazar, LF (.224) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.365) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: The Pirates won in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off, pinch hit RBI single by Dilson Herrera.

Prospect Watch

  • I was at the Spikes game last night, who is Samuel Gonzalez?  Guy had a great arm from the crouch position and a quick release.  Other then Kingham he is the only player that stood out at that game

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