Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/25/11

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, 4.09) – Next Probable Start: 7/26

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 4.72) – Next Probable Start: 7/27

3. Starling Marte, CF (.301) – 1-for-4, HR

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) – 0-for-3

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 5.95) – Next Probable Start: 7/28

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – Next Probable Start: 7/29

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.93) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.13) – Next Probable Start: 7/29

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.88) – Next Probable Start: 7/26

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.44) – Next Probable Start: 7/28

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-7, 6.65) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.300) – 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (12), Starling Marte (6), Wes Freeman (4), Willy Garcia (3)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Bowker hit his 12th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Rochester 6

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (3.81) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.300) – 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.318) – 2-for-6

Andy Marte, DH (.220) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Josh Harrison, 3B (.305) – 2-for-6

Game Notes: Josh Harrison won the game in the bottom of the 12th with a walk off single.  John Bowker hit his 12th homer of the year, and his 6th in the month of July.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Marte homered for the sixth time this season.

Box Score

Result: Reading 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3.08) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.301) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Michael Colla, RHP (3.88) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Brock Holt, 2B (.281) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Marte hit his 6th homer of the year.  Michael Colla moved back to the bullpen, after being in the starting rotation for 16 starts this year.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Grossman now has a 13 game hitting streak.

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (2.97) – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.321) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Grossman now has a 13 game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in 22 games in a row.  He’s hitting for a .331/.494/.525 line in 118 at-bats since the Florida State League All-Star break.  Adalberto Santos has also been on fire lately, with eight multi-hit games in his last ten games.  He’s got a .385/.431/.585 line in 65 July at-bats.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Von Rosenberg had his second strong start in a row.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 1, Charleston 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-7, 6.65) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Lyles, 3B (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.09) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.09) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In his last two starts, Von Rosenberg has gone 11 shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out nine.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Freeman hit his 4th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 9, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.34) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.353) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, RF (.187) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

Alex Fuselier, LF (.221) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Dickerson is 9-for-16 with three doubles, a triple, and a homer in his last four games.  Kingham has been doing well lately, with three runs allowed in 18 innings over his last four outings.

RK: GCL PIRATES

 

Garcia hit his third homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 12, Blue Jays 4

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (3.46) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Weilly Garcia, RF (.256) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hansen, SS (.286) – 2-for-3, SB

Jeff Clement, 1B (.214) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (1-0, 1.13) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Willy Garcia, who signed for $280 K out of the Dominican Prospect League last year, is hitting for a .314/.390/.608 line in 51 at-bats this month, with two homers.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Mets 7

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (1.42) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, LF (.386) – 3-for-5, 2B, BB, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.322) – 2-for-6, BB, 3 RBI, 3 K

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Reds 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, LHP (5.84) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, DH (.306) – 1-for-3, BB, 3 SB

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 54-50, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 42-59, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 48-54 Overall, 18-14 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 46-53 Overall, 11-20 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 11-27, 6th Place, 10.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 20-11, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 30-16, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 34-25, 1st Place

Prospect Watch

  • Scouts at the Power game last night said Brooks Pounders was 93-96 mph in his first opportunity as a closer. He has quietly had a great year 54K/9BB and 1.11 WHIP. His K/9 innings sits at 9.6 and BB/9 innings is an impressive 1.6. Hoping to see him get moved up to Bradenton before the year ends.

  • So glad to see Grossman doing well. Another good future OF option

  • Break out ZVR! 

    Also, we need to find a new picture for Wes Freeman… he and Jeff Karstens must have the same problem with having pictures taken of them.

  • Grossman needs a month at a higher level. He’s blossomed this year.

    Thumbs up to ZVR as well.

  • Nice to see ZVR put up back-to-back strong outings. Also nice to see Kingham doing well.

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