Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/29/11

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, 2.96) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 4.91) – Next Probable Start: 7/2

3. Starling Marte, CF (.332) – 0-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.248) – 1-for-4, HR

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) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-5, 3.04) – Next Probable Start: 7/3

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.82) – Next Probable Start: 7/2

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-7, 4.20) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (1-0, 0.73) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.367) – 3-for-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB

Home Runs: Brian Friday 2 (2), Tony Sanchez (3), Jarek Cunningham (13), Aaron Baker (10), Robbie Grossman (5), Dan Grovatt (2), Alen Hanson (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (41-40)

Hernandez went 4-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Syracuse 3

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (3-8, 5.85) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brian Friday, SS (.235) – 2-for-3, 2 HR

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.298) – 4-for-4, 2B

Matt Hague, 1B (.324) – 2-for-4, 2B

Miles Durham, RF (.284) – 3-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Hague has gone 2-for-4 with a double in each of the last three nights.  Friday entered the game as an injury replacement for Jordy Mercer and hit two homers.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE (34-43)

Sanchez hit his first homer since May 26th.

Box Score

Result: Reading 2, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (5-7, 4.20) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.248) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (4.12) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Tim Alderson, RHP (3.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tony Sanchez hit his first home run since May 26th.  Bryan Morris now has a 1.47 ERA in 18.1 innings as a reliever this year, including eight innings without an earned run since moving to the role.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS (36-41 Overall, 6-1 2nd Half)

Cunningham hit a grand slam tonight.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 12, Palm Beach 9

Starting Pitcher: Brian Leach, RHP (7.17) – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.261) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.286) – 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB

Aaron Baker, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Game Notes: Bradenton came back from being down 7-1 after two.  Jarek Cunningham hit a grand slam to help Bradenton’s comeback.  Grossman now has 29 walks in the month of June, and an on-base percentage of .500 for the month.  He has 64 walks this year, which is two shy of his 2010 totals, with almost 200 fewer at-bats.  Pedro Alvarez made a rehab appearance, going 0-for-2 with a walk.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER (39-36 Overall, 4-3 2nd Half)

West Virginia lost 5-4 in 10 innings.  Check out my live report from the game, with quotes from Jameson Taillon.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (3-10)

Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a triple tonight.

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Mahoning Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (1-0, 0.73) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brian Sharp, SS (.214) – 1-for-3, SB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Samuel Gonzalez, DH (.440) – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: Benedict has made three starts, allowing one earned run in 12.1 innings, with a 6:0 K/BB ratio.  Check out our interview with him, which went up today.

RK: GCL PIRATES (4-5)

Hanson had a huge day.

Box Score

Result: Yankees 8, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (0-1, 21.60) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.367) – 3-for-4, BB, HR, 4 RBI, 4 SB

Game Notes: Hanson hit his second homer, and stole his first four bases of the year.  Zack Dodson made a rehab appearance, his first outing since May 12th.

RK: DSL Pirates (14-10)

The DSL Pirates game wasn’t uploaded last night.

RK: VSL Pirates (23-15)

Box Score

Result: Tigers 7, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (0-1, 8.83) – 3.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eduardo Rangel, 1B (.274) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jose Roman, DH (.326) – 2-for-4

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