Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/12/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Toledo.

Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 2 for 3. Steve Pearce went 1 for 4 with a homer. Brian Bixler went 2 for 4, raising his average to .250. Starter Eric Hacker got the loss, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none.


The Result: Altoona lost 4-2 against Bowie.

-Jose Tabata went 2 for 5 with a double.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

-Pedro Alvarez was in the Futures Game tonight, and went 1 for 2 with an RBI.

Other Game Notes: Steve Lerud hit his third homer of the season, going 2 for 4. Tyler Herron pitched three innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with three strikeouts and two walks.


The Result: Lynchburg lost 13-3 to Winston-Salem.

-Chase D’Arnaud went 1 for 4 with a homer, his second homer in three games.

-Jeff Locke pitched three innings, allowing five runs on six hits, with a walk, two strikeouts, and a homer.

Other Game Notes: Matt Hague went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Kris Watts, Jordy Mercer, and Alex Presley each went 1 for 4.


West Virginia was off today.


The Result: State College won 7-2 against Jamestown.

Game Notes: Kyle McPherson got the win, pitching seven innings, and allowing two runs on six hits, with a walk and two strikeouts. 2008 36th round pick Kyle Morgan went 2 for 4 with two homers, his second and third of the season. 2009 draft picks Brock Holt, Ty Summerlin, Aaron Baker, and Pat Irvine all had one hit each.


Bradenton did not play today.


The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Phillies 5-3.

-Jorge Bishop went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

-Exicardo Cayonez did not play.

-Jonathan Barrios went 2 for 4 with a run.

Other Game Notes: Leadoff hitter Junior Sosa went 2 for 5 with a run, raising his average to .307 on the season, with a .434 OBP. Sosa, an 18 year old left haded center fielder, also has 21 stolen bases on the season, with a 33:25 K/BB ratio. David Pino, an 18 year old right fielder, went 2 for 4, raising his average to .297. Pino is batting .333 over his last ten games.

Author: Tim Williams

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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