Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo.

Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 0 for 4 in his debut at Indianapolis. Ian Snell pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, with four strikeouts and one walk. Steven Jackson pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.

AA

The Result: Altoona lost 2-1 in 14 innings to Bowie.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with two strikeouts.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 6.

-Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Michael Crotta pitched seven innings, allowing one unearned run, with five hits, eight strikeouts, and no walks. Altoona only managed six hits in 14 innings, with Gorkys and Tabata getting three of those hits.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg won 12-6 to Winston-Salem.

-Chase D’Arnaud went 1 for 3 with his first home run at Lynchburg, a grand slam in the third inning.

Other Game Notes: Matt Hague hit his fifth homer of the year, going 1 for 5. Jordy Mercer went 3 for 5 with two doubles. Every Lynchburg position player recorded at least one hit.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 15-5 against Delmarva.

-Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4 with three runs, a homer, three RBIs, and a steal.

-Tony Sanchez went 3 for 4 with his first homer, and five RBIs.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 3 with two runs and a stolen base.

Other Game Notes: Calvin Anderson also homered, his ninth of the year, and went 2 for 5. Grossman, Sanchez, Marte, and Anderson combined to knock in 11 of the 15 West Virginia runs.

A-

The Result: State College won 5-3 against Jamestown.

Game Notes: 2009 21st round pick Phillip Irwin pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Jason Erickson, the 24th round pick in this year’s draft, pitched four innings, allowing three runs on four hits, with a walk and two strikeouts to get the win. 2009 42nd round pick Marc Baca picked up his third save of the year.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton won both games of a double header against the GCL Braves. The first game was suspended in the fourth inning yesterday.

-Wes Freeman played in game one, going 0 for 3 with three strikeouts.

-Gift Ngoepe played in the second game, going 2 for 4 with his second steal of the year.

-Ramon Cabrera caught the first game, going 0 for 1 with two walks.

Other Game Notes: Since the first game was played over two days, Lastings Milledge shows up in the box score, going 1 for 1 with a walk. 2009 second round pick Brooks Pounders got the win in game one, pitching three perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Neal Walker played in game two, going 0 for 3 with a walk. 2009 18th round pick Ryan Beckman went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks, picking up his first win.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Tigers 7-2.

-Jorge Bishop did not play.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 1 for 2 with a double and a run.

-Jonathan Barrios went 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Other Game Notes: Oscar Verdugo, Erickdavis Marquez, and Luis Figuera combined for two runs on nine hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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