Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/18/11


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. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.52) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.01) – Next probable start 8/19

4. Starling Marte, CF (.326) – DNP

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) – DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) – 0-for-4, 2 K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.66) – DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-4, 3.15) – Next probable start 8/22

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.64) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR


Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (9-7, 3.60) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Robbie Grossma (11)


Brown went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 6, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (5-12, 5.16) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dusty Brown, C (.291) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, CF (.323) – 1-for-4, SB, RBI

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.34) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Presley stole his 20th base in AAA during his latest rehab start.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-4 in his rehab start.  Daniel Moskos gave up three runs on two walks and five hits in two innings.  Jared Hughes has allowed four runs in 16 innings over his last ten outings, with a 16:8 K/BB ratio.  He hasn’t allowed a run in his last five outings, spanning 5.2 innings.


Pribanic allowed two runs in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 11, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (4.07) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.287) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.272) – 2-for-4

Andrew Lambo, RF (.277) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Holt stole his 17th base of the year for Altoona.  Aaron Pribanic left with the score tied 2-2, after Altoona put up two runs in the bottom of the 6th to tie the score.  Anthony Claggett and Tim Alderson combined to allow nine earned runs in the top of the ninth inning.  Five went to Claggett, and four went to Alderson, along with two inherited runners that were credited to Claggett.  Alderson has an 8.35 ERA in 18.1 innings over his last ten outings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio.


Grossman walked for the 100th time this year.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (9-7, 3.60) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Cole White, 1B (.279) – 1-for-3, 3B, RBI

Ryan Beckman, RHP (2.91) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Grossman homered in the third, his 11th of the year.  The homer extended his on-base streak to 42 games.  He drew a walk in the bottom of the 8th, which was his 100th of the season.  That makes him the first minor leaguer to walk 100 times and score 100 times since Nick Swisher in 2004.  Baker’s start tonight was just the second of the year where he didn’t allow an earned run.


Taillon allowed a run in four innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: Delmarva 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.52) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.222) – 1-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Colton Cain, LHP (3.64) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Taillon had given up 24 earned runs in his last 26.1 innings coming in to this start.  He’s now got 79.2 innings on the year.  Zac Fuesser gave up two runs in two innings to lose the 2-1 West Virginia lead.  The West Virginia offense only had two hits.


Box Score

Result: Hudson Valley 6, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (0-2, 5.48) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, RF (.207) – 2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Matt Skirving, C (.264) – 2-for-3

Josh Poytress, LHP (5.40) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Poytress bounced back from allowing four runs in 2.1 innings in his last outing.  Prior to that, he had allowed just one earned run in 11.1 innings over his previous seven appearances.  Stevenson gave up all of his runs in the second inning.


Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 5, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (3-1, 2.95) – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.269) – 1-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jeremy Farrell, 3B (.143) – 1-for-2, BB, SB, RBI

Game Notes: Farrell has been rehabbing in the GCL since August 15th, making his fourth start today.  Alen Hanson now has 21 stolen bases on the year.  Neverauskas had allowed just three earned runs in 17.2 innings coming in to this start.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (1.22) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, RF (.235) – 2-for-2, BB


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 65-62, 2nd Place, 14.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 56-67, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 63-59 Overall, 33-19 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 58-62 Overall, 23-30 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 23-35, 6th Place, 11.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 29-23, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-28, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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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Thanks Kevin. Thought age might be an issue and hearing about a posible MiL All Star team is good news. Came to close to spitting out my drink when you did the Kramer reminder.    😉


Cole White has had a nice season. Age, talent or both the reasons?

Any chance there could be a P2 minor league All Star team after the season ends?


Cole White had a decent season, but it’s more due his age relative to the rest of the league.  He was kind of like when Kramer took karate lessons with all the little kids and dominated them.

White is a great story and he’s someone that could be a coach in the future.

I’m sure we’ll do a Minor League All Star team wrap up when the season ends.

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