Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/29/11


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, 4.11) – Next Probable Start: 8/1

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 4.70) – Next Probable Start: 8/3

3. Starling Marte, CF (.308) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.234) – 1-for-3

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.78) – Next Probable Start: 8/2

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – Next Probable Start: 7/30

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.99) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.26) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-6, 4.03) – Next Probable Start: 7/31

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.41) – Next Probable Start: 8/3


Top Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (7-5, 2.59) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.291) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 BB

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (3), Robbie Grossman (8), Daniel Grovatt (5), Andy Vasquez (3), Wes Freeman (5), Yerfaine Gerald (2), Maximo Rivera (2)


Hernandez had two doubles tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Charlotte 2

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.292) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.307) – 2-for-4

Ryan Doumit, DH (.154) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Matt Hague, 1B (.313) – 1-for-4, 3B

Daniel Moskos, LHP (1.90) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Ohlendorf threw 73 pitches, and was hitting 91 MPH on the stadium gun in Charlotte.  Ryan Doumit got his first two hits of his AAA rehab appearance.  John Bowker now has gone 10-for-22 in his last five games.  Gorkys Hernandez has a .361 average in his last ten games, with three doubles and a triple.


Lambo hit his third homer in his last ten games.

Box Score

Result: Portland 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (4-8, 4.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.240) – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.308) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.234) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: After a nice run early in the season, Michael Colla has struggles as a starter lately, allowing 16 earned runs in 19.1 innings over his last four starts.  Tim Alderson gave up three runs on three hits, getting just two outs in his appearance.  Andrew Lambo hit his third homer in his last ten games.  Since being benched for a lack of hustle on Wednesday, Starling Marte has gone 3-for-9 with a double.  The game was called early due to rain.


Grossman hit his 8th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Brevard County 1

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (7-5, 2.59) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.291) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.235) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Ramon Cabrera, C (.345) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Grossman hit his 8th homer of the year, and walked twice, giving him 93 on the season.  He extended his on-base streak to 26 games.  The top six Bradenton hitters in the lineup tonight each put up multiple hits.  Brett Lorin has now allowed two runs in 18 innings in his last three starts, with a 13:1 K/BB ratio.  He has a 2.04 ERA in 53 innings over his last ten games, with a 43:8 K/BB ratio.


Rojas went 2-for-4 with a double.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 11, Lakewood 5

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2.37) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.270) – 4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.253) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB

Justin Howard, 1B (.254) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Colton Cain, LHP (3.26) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Five West Virginia hitters recorded multiple hits tonight.  Andy Vasquez hit his third homer of the year, while Dan Grovatt hit his 5th of the year.  Rojas went 2-for-4 for the second night in a row.  Colton Cain had a rough outing coming out of the bullpen tonight.  Porfirio Lopez, Jason Townsend, and Rinku Singh each pitched shutout innings to close out the West Virginia win.


Freeman hit his 4th homer in the last six games.

Box Score

Result: Tri-City 8, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-3, 3.41) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, CF (.221) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, DH (.326) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Freeman hit his fourth homer in his last six games.  He’s 8-for-23 at the plate in that time span, and only has five strikeouts, which is good compared to his normal rates.  Hafner was pulled after two innings due to a 55 minute rain delay.


Box Score

Result: Braves 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (3.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF (.276) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0.82) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Jodaneli Carvajal, SS (.228) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Cesar Lopez, signed for $600 K out of Cuba over the off-season, made his second pro appearance tonight.  Neverauskas made his fourth appearance of the year, and now has one earned run in 11 innings this year, with a 7:5 K/BB ratio.  Willy Garcia is on a hot streak lately, with a .400/.450/.771 line in 35 at-bats over his last ten games.  Jeff Clement went 1-for-5 in a rehab appearance.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (5-2, 3.38) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.342) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Maximo Rivera, 3B (.231) – 1-for-3, HR

Yerfaine Gerald, RF (.233) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 26 games.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Phillies 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Alexander Gutierrez, LHP (5.04) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.363) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Montilla is hitting for a .363/.435/.513 line in 226 at-bats this year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 56-52, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 45-60, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 50-56 Overall, 20-16 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 48-53 Overall, 14-20 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 12-29, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 21-14, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 31-18, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 36-28, 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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Jimmy Cali

Robbie Grossman is beginning to knock on the door of being a Top 10 prospect in the organization. 


Some nice power by the young guys tonight.  It seems like Grossman is having a great year and I hope Neal isn’t thinking of trading him.

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