Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/5/11

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, 2.74) – Next Probable Start: 7/9

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 2.70) – Next Probable Start: 7/8

3. Starling Marte, CF (.319) – 1-for-4, 2B

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) – 0-for-4

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 6.00) – Next Probable Start: 7/6

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-5, 5.22) – Next Probable Start: 7/6

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.94) – DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-6, 3.14) – Next Probable Start: 7/8

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.57) – Next Probable Start: 7/9

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5-5, 3.89) – 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.447) – 3-for-4, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (8), Quincy Latimore (9), Jose Osuna 2 (3)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Olson had another great start for Indy.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (3-0, 2.22) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.299) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Corey Wimberly, 2B (.242) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Dusty Brown, DH (.284) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Michael Crotta, RHP (3.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Olson has been great as a starter this year, with a 1.52 ERA in 29.2 innings heading in to tonight’s start.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for3 with two walks and two RBIs in a rehab appearance.  Bowker now has five homers in his last ten games.  Matt Hague broke his streak of two straight games without a hit, going 1-for-5 with a double.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Latimore hit his 9th homer of the year.

Box Score 

Result: Akron 4, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (5-7, 4.11) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.217) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.319) – 1-for-4, 2B

Aaron Thompson, LHP (5.17) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Latimore hit his 9th homer of the year.  Marte has been cold lately, going 2-for-17 in July heading in to tonight’s game.  Aaron Pribanic bounced back from allowing seven runs in five innings in his last outing.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Baker carried a shutout in to the 9th.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 2

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5-5, 3.89) – 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.285) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.281) – 2-for-5

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.270) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Evan Chambers, CF (.219) – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Baker lasted until the ninth inning, when he loaded the bases with one out.  He was perfect through 4.1 innings.  Zach Foster came on and allowed the only two runs of the night, thanks to two wild pitches, but ended the game with the win.  Five Bradenton hitters had multiple hits.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Waldron allowed two runs in six innings.

Box Score 

Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (6-4, 4.16) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, LF (.302) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Waldron carried a shutout in to the bottom of the sixth inning, before allowing a two out, two run homer.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Fuselier went 2-for-5.

Box Score 

Result: Auburn 4, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-1, 3.24) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Billy Nowlin, 1B (.400) – 3-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Cliff Archibald, RHP (5.00) – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Rinku Singh, LHP (1.50) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Alex Fuselier, CF (.159) – 2-for-5

Justin Bencsko, RF (.333) – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Hafner entered the game with two runs allowed in 13 innings during his first three starts.  He looked good in this outing until the 4th inning, when he allowed all four runs, all three of his walks, and three of his five hits.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Osuna hit two homers today.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 12, Tigers 4

Starting Pitcher: Wilson Lee, LHP (4.91) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.447) – 3-for-4, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Yhonathan Barrios, 2B (.366) – 3-for-4, RBI

Ashley Ponce, 3B-2B (.300) – 3-for-5, 3 R

Alen Hanson, SS (.347) – 2-for-5, 3B

Jimy Hernandez, RHP (1-1, 6.23) – 4.0 IP 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Osuna now has an eight game hitting streak, and is 15-for-28 in that stretch, with all three of his homers this year.  He’s 10-for-13 in four games in July.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates results weren’t uploaded, however, every other DSL game was postponed, so it’s likely that this was the case with the Pirates.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Mariners 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (5.12) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.370) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jose Salazar, SS-2B (.222) – 2-for-3, 2 R

Dilson Herrera, 3B (.302) – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Herrera struggled in June, but seems to be coming out of that, with a .290/.405/.419 line in his last ten games.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 44-43, 3rd Place, 13.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 36-47, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 38-45 Overall, 8-5 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 40-41 Overall, 5-8 2nd Half, 7th Place, 3.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 5-14, 6th Place, 7.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 9-5, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 17-10, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 26-16, 1st Place

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