Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/1/11

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 8/16/11.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.16) – Next probable start 9/3

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) – Season Completed

4. Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 K

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) – DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.299) – DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.244) – 0-for-3, 2 K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 6.58) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) – Next probable start 9/4

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.64) – DNP

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6-4, 2.56) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 K

Home Runs: None

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indianapolis was off today.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Marte extended his hitting streak to 14 with three hits tonight.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (5-11, 3.70) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 K

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (5.63) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Marte extended his hitting streak to 14 games tonight.  He had a .393/.437/.650 line in the month of August, with five homers in 117 at-bats.  Altoona had five errors tonight.  Mike Loree made his third relief appearance for Altoona, striking out three in two shutout innings.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was suspended in the second inning.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Dodson threw five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Delmarva 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6-4, 2.56) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.266) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.250) – 1-for-4, K

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.42) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dodson had his best start since returning from a hand injury this year, and possibly the best start of his season in West Virginia.  Justin Howard had a .321/.451/.432 line in the month of August, and continued his strong run with two hits tonight.  Wes Freeman made his 2011 debut with West Virginia, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Kingham finished off his season with five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: State College 7, Batavia 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6-2, 2.15) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 3B (.180) – 2-for-4, 2 SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, RHP (6.58) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Alex Fuselier, RF (.217) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Rodarrick Jones, LF (.239) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: My recap from the game, with features on Kingham and Allie.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 74-66, 2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 63-74, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 70-63 Overall, 40-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 65-69 Overall, 30-36 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 29-43, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 34-26, Season Completed

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

Prospect Watch

  • Kingham and Dodson both deserve consideration for top 10 prospects. They certainly have more potential than Stetson Allie, Kingham is younger.

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