Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/1/11

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) – Next Probable Start: 7/4

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.330) – 1-for-4, BB, 2 R

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.248) – DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 6.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-5, 5.22) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

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) – Next Probable Start: 7/4

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (6.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.267) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (7), Quincy Latimore (8), Andrew Lambo (1), Pedro Alvarez (1), David Trent (1), Justin Bencsko (1), Raul Fortunato (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (42-41)

Owens returned from the disabled list with a nice start.

Box Score

Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (5.22) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.304) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Donald Veal, LHP (7.36) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.306) – 3-for-3, BB

Matt Hague, 1B (.333) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Bowker has homered four times in his last six games.  Meanwhile, Matt Hague has gone six straight games with multiple hits, with a double in each game.  He now has 20 doubles and eight homers on the year.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE (35-44)

Altoona beat Trenton 10-5.  Check out John Dreker’s live recap from the game.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS (37-42 Overall, 7-2 2nd Half)

Cumpton pitched six strong innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Palm Beach 2

Starting Pitcher: Joe Beimel, LHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.267) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-0, 4.09) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2.48) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Beimel started his rehab assignment, which means he has at most 30 days before the Pirates have to bring him back up to the majors.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER (40-37 Overall, 5-4 2nd Half)

West Virginia lost 12-5 to Greensboro.  Check out my live report from the game, including quotes from Zack Von Rosenberg, and West Virginia manager Gary Robinson on Von Rosenberg and Victor Black.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (4-11)

Allie allowed one run, struck out five, and didn't allow a walk in four innings.

Box Score

Result: State College 4, Mahoning Valley 3

Starting Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (6.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: David Trent, DH (.211) – 2-for-6, HR

Other Notable Performers

Vincent Payne, RHP (3.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: State College won in 12 innings.  David Trent and Justin Bencsko each hit their first homer of the year, although the two combined for seven strikeouts.  Stetson Allie had a great start, with no walks and five strikeouts in four innings.

RK: GCL PIRATES (5-5)

The GCL Pirates were postponed today.

RK: DSL Pirates (17-10)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Rays 7

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (4.01) – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.311) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.267) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Diego Goris, 1B (.346) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Miguel De Aza, LF (.222) – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: De Aza was playing in his third game of the year, and first since May 31st.  Fortunato was caught stealing twice, giving him seven on the year.

RK: VSL Pirates (24-16)

Box Score

Result: Reds 3, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (0-1, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 3B (.297) – 1-for-4, 2B

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Bob

The non play by Overbay on that pop up is in excusable, the pitcher should never have to make that play.  Bench him for another series if you ask me.  

Veal, Hague, Gorkys and Welker all got mentions today. I haven’t been a fan of Gorkys at all but he is doing well, but has no where to move up to. Welker should be moved up. Is there a reason to hold on to Veal?

As for Hague…is there a reason to continue to hold him back? Unless his fielding is Dick Stuart like I don’t see it. Overbay’s not clearing a spot on his mantel for a Gold Glove either. He stood at 1st a couple of nights ago and watched a pitcher try to catch a popup. I realize he’s $2.5MM worth of dead weight for the rest of the season, but….

Nice outing by Allie.

Lee Young

Huhn? No mention of Alen Hansin?

Good to see Allie ‘in control’.

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Lee Young

I meant “Hansen”. Sigh

You mean “Hanson”

Lee Young

Well…at least I spelled his first name correctly. 🙁

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