Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/22/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


The Result: Indianapolis lost 3-1 to Durham.

-Argenis Diaz has been added to the Prospect Tracker. He has been assigned to AAA.

Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 1 for 4 with a homer. Tom Gorzelanny pitched six innings, allowing one unearned run, with four hits, one walk, and nine strikeouts.


The Result: Altoona lost 7-2 to Reading.

-Jose Tabata went 0 for 4.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4.

-Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Jim Negrych went 1 for 4 with a double. Michael Crotta got hammered, allowing six runs on ten hits in five innings.


The Result: Lynchburg won 6-3 against Potomac.

Game Notes: Jordy Mercer went 3 for 5 with two doubles. Matt Hague went 1 for 3. R.J. Rodriguez got his 18th save of the year.


The Result: West Virginia lost 7-2 to Savannah.

-Robbie Grossman went 3 for 5 with a run, a double, and his 27th steal of the season.

-Tony Sanchez went 1 for 4 with a run.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 5.

Other Game Notes: Calvin Anderson went 1 for 3 with a triple. Anderson is 6’7″, 240 pounds. I’m not sure if the outfielders all fell down or if maybe the field is 700 feet to the wall. Jeremy Farrell went 2 for 4. Brian Leach pitched four innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts.


The Result: State College lost 5-1 to Lowell.

Game Notes: Ty Summerlin, Evan Chambers, and Aaron Baker, all 2009 draft picks, each had a hit. Ricardo Paulino pitched four innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.


The Result: Bradenton beat the GCL Braves 2-1.

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 3 with a walk.

-Gift Ngoepe went 0 for 2 with two walks.

-Ramon Cabrera went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Other Game Notes: Ryan Beckman, 2009 18th round pick, got the start, pitching five innings with one run on three hits, two walks, and a strikeout. 2009 second round pick Brooks Pounders pitched four perfect innings with three strikeouts to get the win.


The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Cardinals 5-4.

-Jorge Bishop went 3 for 5.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 1 for 5.

-Jonathan Barrios went 0 for 3.

Other Game Notes: Junior Sosa went 3 for 5 batting leadoff. Roberto Espinoza pitched 2.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. Espinoza has a 2.15 ERA on the season.

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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