Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/17/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis won 7-3 against Pawtucket.

Game Notes: Lastings Milledge went 3 for 4 with a run, two RBIs, and a walk. Brian Bixler went 0 for 3 with two walks and two stolen bases. Robinzon Diaz went 1 for 2 with two walks. Tom Gorzelanny got the start, allowing one run on four hits over six innings, with six strikeouts and three walks.

AA

The Result: Altoona lost 9-3 against Harrisburg.

-Jose Tabata went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout.

-Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a walk and a strikeout.

Other Game Notes: Jim Negrych went 2 for 4 batting from the leadoff spot. Michael Crotta pitched five innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits, with a walk and a strikeout. Michael Dubee pitched a scoreless innings, allowing just one walk.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 8-4 to Salem in 15 innings.

-Chase D’Arnaud did not play.

-Jeff Locke pitched three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Most of the damage came in the third inning. I was at the game tonight, and decided to take video of every pitch Locke threw. I’ll have that up on the site later tonight.

Other Game Notes: Jose De Los Santos went 3 for 6, reaching twice on bunt singles. Matt Hague went 2 for 7. Jordy Mercer went 0 for 6, striking out three times. I left the game early (Lynchburg was up 4-2, I had been gone all day, had a headache coming on, and didn’t feel like staying…glad I left) but saw two of the strikeouts. Both were on the same pitch. I got a video of the first strikeout, which I’ll also post later.

A

The Result: West Virginia lost 5-3 to Rome.

-Robbie Grossman did not play.

-Tony Sanchez did not play.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts and his ninth stolen base of the season.

Other Game Notes: Quincy Latimore went 3 for 5. Gabriel Alvarado pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two strikeouts and a walk. Alvarado now has a 5.16 ERA on the season. Diego Moreno got roughed up, pitching two innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, with a strikeout and no walks.

A-

The Result: State College lost 4-2 against Staten Island.

Game Notes: Jason Erickson pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with five strikeouts and two walks. Ricardo Paulino pitched the final five innings, allowing one run on four hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Paulino lowered his ERA on the season to 2.77 with the outing.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton beat the GCL Yankees 4-2.

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.

-Gift Ngoepe went 2 for 3 with a run, a walk, and a stolen base. Gift has all five stolen bases on the season in his last seven games (although he’s only played 12 games this season). Pretty impressive numbers overall, except for the strikeouts.

-Ramon Cabrera did not play.

Other Game Notes: Edgar Gutierrez got the start, pitching three innings, and allowing two unearned runs on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout. Sandobal Septimo pitched the next four innings, allowing no runs, two hits, and four strikeouts. Albert Fagan picked up the save with two shutout innings, allowing one hit and a strikeout.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Tigers 5-1.

-Jorge Bishop went 3 for 5 with a run and two stolen bases, giving him 24 on the season.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 0 for 4.

-Jonathan Barrios went 0 for 5 with two runs.

Other Game Notes: Elias Diaz, an 18 year old catcher batting .278/.274/.428, went 1 for 5 with his fourth homer of the season, and second in his last three games. Roberto Espinoza, 17 years old, got the start pitching three no-hit innings, with three strikeouts and a walk. Espinoza has made 11 starts, for 51.2 innings pitched, with a 1.92 ERA, a 39:15 K/BB ratio and one homer allowed. Not bad for a guy who just turned 17 in May.

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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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