Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/7/11


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, 4.52) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 6.38) – Next Probable Start: 8/8

3. Starling Marte, CF (.312) – 0-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.236) – 0-for-2, 2 BB

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.97) – DNP

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-7, 5.05) – Next Probable Start: 8/10

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.84) – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-7, 3.13) – DNP

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.22) – Next Probable Start: 8/9


Top Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (4.31) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.314) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Greg Picart (1), Robbie Grossman (9), Elevys Gonzalez (5), Cole White (3), Kirk Singer (1)


Harrison went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.

Box Score

Result: Toledo 11, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (4-1, 3.00) – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 3B (.311) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.319) – 2-for-5

Jeff Clement, DH (.462) – 2-for-4, BB

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.284) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Clement is 6-for-13 in his first four games back with Indianapolis.  Olson had his worst start of the year, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings, after allowing 15 runs in 61.2 innings in his previous 13 starts.  Josh Harrison stole his 13th base of the year.  Jose Tabata went 1-for-4 in a rehab appearance.


Morris had another strong relief appearance.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (4.31) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Greg Picart, 3B (.240) – 1-for-2, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.84) – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.278) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Starling Marte went 0-for-4, snapping his 14 game hitting streak.  Since allowing eight earned runs in 4.1 innings on July 17th, Irwin has allowed eight earned runs in 23.1 innings over his last four starts.


Waldron allowed a run in 5.1 innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Jupiter 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-0, 1.23) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.314) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.289) – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Cole White, 1B (.259) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer for the second time in his last three games.  Grossman extended his on-base streak to 33 games, which is four shy of his season high.  Since the FSL All-Star break he’s hitting for a .311/.465/.512 line in 164 at-bats.  He hasn’t drawn a walk since July 31st.  Cole White has three homers in his last eight games.  Tyler Waldron made his first start in high-A, and has now allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings at the level.  Chase d’Arnaud started his rehab work, going 0-for-3.


Taillon allowed three runs in four innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

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

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.254) – 4-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.255) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 SB

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.68) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Taillon has allowed 21 earned runs in 22.1 innings over his last six outings.  In that same span he has a 26:8 K/BB ratio.  Drew Maggi has a .333/.417/.452 line in his last ten games, with five doubles.  Mel Rojas Jr. now has 21 stolen bases on the year.


Box Score

Result: State College 7, Jamestown 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.44) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.276) – 2-for-6

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 2B (.227) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Josh Poytress, LHP (4-2, 4.84) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Spikes won in 12 innings.  Dickerson had been on a cold streak lately, going 4-for-28 in his previous nine games before his 2-for-6 performance tonight.  Matt Benedict bounced back from allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings in his last start.


The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL regular season is over.  The Pirates start the VSL playoffs tomorrow.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 60-56, T-2nd Place, 13.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 50-63, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 57-56 Overall, 27-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 53-57 Overall, 19-24 2nd Half, T-5th Place, 6.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 19-31, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 23-19, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 36-19, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, 1st Place

Prospect Watch

  • Was at the State College rained soaked 12 inning win  in Jamestown and thought I’d offer a few observations;
    Wes Freeman: Extremely aggressive at the plate, which explains K:BB ratio. The power is obviously there, hit an opposite field fly ball that got caught at the wall, and his double to leftcenter was a laser. Swung at first pitch in five of six ABs.
    Junior Sosa: Looks, raw but good speed. Placed a perfect bunt down third base line for hit in first inning. Made a diving catch in left-center in fifth, showing off speed and range, as he had to go a long way to get. Also had a nice takeout slide to break up DP on ground ball hit by Dickerson.
    Alex Dickerson: Both singles were solidly hit to RF. Looked uncomfortable against off speed pitches, accounting for both of his strikeouts on swings and misses, and his missed catch with two outs in the ninth allowed Jamestown to score tying run and send game to extras.
    Samuel Gonzalez: Most impressive approach at the plate I saw. His triple hit of the top of the wall in RF showed good oppo power. Excellent speed for a catcher. 0 for 4 on SB base attempts, but none were really his fault, as pitchers holding runners is not a point of emphasis, and all of them got real good jumps. Old for the level, but shouldn’t be written off as a prospect, because the tools are there.
    Ashley Ponce: Didn’t show much with the bat, but looked smooth at shortstop despite first inning error. Made several above average plays ranging deep in the hole. Very good range. He is very small.
    Matt Benedict: Sat mostly 88-90 with his fastball. Average stuff, got centered up a few times but overall showed good command.
    Vince Payne: Sat mostly 88-90 as well, getting roughed up on several hard hit balls in seventh inning.
    Jesus Brito: Sat 91-92 with fastball, showing good life on the pitch. Breezed through 1 2/3 innings.

    Was hoping to see Allie out of the pen tonight, but that didn’t happen. Not sure what the plan is for him the rest of the season. He was sporting a new shaved head, we can only hope that will help his control! Maybe he is thinking along the same lines.

  • Would love to see Grossman get a couple of weeks up with Altoona. The Curve have 29 games left, it would be nice to get a glimpse of him for 14 or 15 of those games. I’m also curious of the Pirates long term plans with Jeff Clement. He seems healthy and he’s hitting. Does he have a shot to make it back to the bigs?? I wonder.