Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/2/11

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, 4.39) – Next Probable Start: 8/6

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 6.38) – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.313) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) – 1-for-5, 2 K

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.97) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-6, 4.76) – Next Probable Start: 8/5

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.99) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.26) – DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.14) – Next Probable Start: 8/7

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (5-3, 4.62) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.254) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (4), Josh Rodriguez (4), Jesus Vasquez (8), Diego Goris (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Mercer went 2-for-5 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 3

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (2.42) – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS-2B (.194) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Doumit, C (.231) – 2-for-4, BB

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, RBI

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.33) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Doumit is now 6-for-15 in his last four rehab starts.  Jeff Clement made his first start of the season at the AAA level, and went 1-for-4 with a double.  Jared Hughes has allowed four earned runs in 15 innings in his last ten games, with an 18:7 K/BB ratio in that stretch.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Lambo went 3-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Binghamton 3

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (5-3, 4.62) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.254) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Josh Rodriguez, SS (.278) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Quincy Latimore, LF (.223) – 2-for-4, 3B, BB, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.99) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Since allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings on July 17th, Irwin has made three starts, allowing seven runs in 17.2 innings, with a 10:1 K/BB ratio.  Morris allowed his first earned run in his last four outings.  He’s only allowed an earned run in three of his last ten outings.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was off today.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Grovatt went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (1-4, 4.33) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, CF (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (4.39) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.61) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Three times in his last ten appearances, Victor Black has allowed three or more runs in an inning or less.  Grovatt has a seven game hitting streak.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Vermont 10, State College 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2-3, 4.30) – 3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.232) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.283) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Wes Freeman, LF (.248) – 1-for-3, BB

Stetson Allie, RHP (7.97) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Benedict started out with two shutout innings, then allowed two runs in the third, and was hammered in the fourth as part of a seven run inning.  Stetson Allie came out of the bullpen tonight, and had more control issues, allowing three walks. Freeman is now 14-for-38 in his last ten games.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (6.38) – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.235) – 2-for-3, 2 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, CF (.275) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Alen Hanson, SS (.298) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0.75) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Heredia gave up four runs in the third inning, all off of home runs.  Willy Garcia is hitting for a .353/.439/.529 line in his last ten games.

RK: DSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Indians 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (2.35) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, SS (.359) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jesus Vasquez, LF (.393) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 29 games.  Game two wasn’t uploaded last night.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Reds 10, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Vilchez, RHP (5-2, 4.78) – 4.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, DH (.305) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.362) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Jose Roman, 1B (.319) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 58-54, T-2nd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 47-61, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 52-56 Overall, 22-16 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 49-56 Overall, 15-23 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 15-30, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 22-16, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 33-19, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 37-30, 1st Place

Prospect Watch

  •  Seems like the wheels are falling off at every level in minors as well….just when I was starting to get excited about Pirates baseball, back in the dumps I go. 

  • Just an FYI, Aaron Baker went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI in his first game with the Frederick Keys.

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