Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/13/11

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 (2-2, 3.66) – Next Probable Start: 7/15

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 2.70) – Next Probable Start: 7/14

3. Starling Marte, CF (.314) – DNP, Played in AA All-Star game. Went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) – DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) – Next Probable Start: 7/17

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-6, 5.27) – Next Probable Start: 7/14

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.65) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.15) – Next Probable Start: 7/16

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 4.01) – Next Probable Start: 7/15

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.67) – Next Probable Start: 7/16

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (0.72) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.217) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Evan Chambers (7)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indianapolis was off for the AAA All-Star game.  Matt Hague went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Jeff Locke pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.  Aaron Pribanic pitched 0.2 innings, and got the win.  Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.  Brock Holt went 1-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs, and was named the MVP of the game.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Chambers hit a grand slam.

Box Score

 

Terry Mathews was at the game tonight, and has a live report.

Result: Bradenton 7, Dunedin 6

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4.71) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.217) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Diego Moreno, RHP (5.60) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jose Tabata made a rehab appearance, going 0-for-2 with two walks.  Steve Pearce also made a rehab appearance, going 0-for-1 with three walks.  Evan Chambers hit a grand slam in the seventh, putting Bradenton up 7-4 at the time.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Rojas went 2-for-2 with a stolen base.

Box Score

Result: Hickory 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2-3, 2.42) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.255) – 2-for-2, BB, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.57) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (2.37) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rojas stole his 18th base of the year.  He’s got 4 in his last 6 games.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Lashmet went 1-for-4 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 9, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Jordan Cooper, RHP (0-2, 9.53) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Lashmet, 3B (.279) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ashley Ponce, SS (.200) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Cooper allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings in his first start, and bounced back nicely in this outing.  Josh Poytress allowed six runs tonight on eight hits in four inning.

RK: GCL PIRATES

 

Castro pitched five innings without an earned run.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (0.72) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.206) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hornback, C (.333) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Jose Osuna, LF (.429) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, RBI

Isaac Sanchez, RHP (1-0, 1.46) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Orlando Castro has now allowed two earned runs in 25 innings in the GCL, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Indians 4, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (0-1, 1.50) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, LF (.389) – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Angel Sanchez, LHP (10.29) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Reds 6, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (1-2, 4.81) – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Bealyn Chourio, RHP (.233) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 3B (.290) – 1-for-3

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 47-45, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-52, 6th Place, 16.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 41-49 Overall, 11-9 2nd Half, T-3rd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 41-47 Overall, 6-14 2nd Half, 7th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 7-19, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 13-8, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 24-13, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 29-20, 1st Place

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Bob

What the hell is wrong with Poytress?  He must have in infinite ERA at this point.  

Lee Young

Good to see Rojas continue to improve along with Grossman.
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I don’t believe Castro was that highly rated? Ya gotta watch those little LHPs. 🙂

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