Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis won 4-3 in 10 innings against Durham.

-Argenis Diaz went 0 for 2 with a walk. He was also responsible for the winning run. And when I say “he was responsible” I mean he was at the plate when the wild pitch was thrown with a runner at third, which can only mean his intimidating 5’11″, 155 pound presence forced the wild pitch.

-Brad Lincoln pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Could Lincoln be heating up? It took him four starts to heat up in AA before posting a 1.20 ERA in his next nine starts.

Other Game Notes: Steven Jackson pitched two shutout innings in relief, allowing three hits and striking out two. Brian Bixler went 2 for 5 starting in center field. Lastings Milledge went 0 for 4. Erik Kratz went 3 for 5 with a run and two RBIs.

AA

The Result: Altoona won 8-0 against Reading.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 4 with a double.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4 with 3 runs. He also stole home plate.

-Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Other Game Notes: Jim Negrych went 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Derek Hankins pitched six shutout innings, with four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. Michael Dubee pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 8-3 to Potomac in 12 innings, giving up 6 runs in the top of the 12th.

-Ronald Uviedo returned to Lynchburg tonight, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing two runs on three hits, with four walks, two strikeouts, and a homer. I’m hoping to go see Uviedo before the end of the season.

Other Game Notes: Jordy Mercer went 1 for 5 with a double. Michael Colla pitched two innings of relief. Colla, a 6’2″, 220 pound, 22 year old right handed reliever, has a 2.01 ERA in Lynchburg this season in 44.2 innings pitched. He has a 34:15 K/BB ratio. Colla was taken in the 14th round last year.

A

The Result: West Virginia lost 7-6 to Savannah.

-Robbie Grossman went 1 for 2 with two runs and three walks.

-Tony Sanchez went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. He was also hit by a pitch. It was the fifth time he’s been hit by a pitch in West Virginia in 66 plate appearances. Someone likes to crowd the plate. He was hit by 40 pitches in college in 723 plate appearances.

-Starling Marte did not play.

Other Game Notes: Gabriel Alvarado got the start, pitching four innings with seven runs, but only three earned, on six hits. Noah Krol and Duke Welker combined for five shutout innings to close out the game.

A-

State College was rained out.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton won both games of a double header, winning the first game 10-4, and the second game 1-0.

-Wes Freeman combined to go 1 for 6 in both games.

-Gift Ngoepe went 0 for 3 with four walks combined between both games.

-Ramon Cabrera played the first game, going 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Other Game Notes: Jhonatan Ramos pitched five shutout innings in the first game, with three hits, no walks, and five strikeouts. By the way, the spelling is right on his first name. Sandobal Septimo went five shutout innings in the second game, with two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Mets 5-2.

-Jorge Bishop went 0 for 4.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 0 for 4 with a run.

-Jonathan Barrios did not play.

Other Game Notes: Kelly Aponte went 1 for 3 with a homer. Aponte is a first baseman who just turned 18 in June. He’s 6’5″, 220 pounds. Not a lot of playing time yet, but he is 7 for 21 with four extra base hits. He does strike out a lot, with eight so far this year, and 19 in 37 at-bats last year. Oscar Verdugo pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and six strikeouts.

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  • Alvarez09

    Tim,
    How long do you think it will be until Sanchez is pushed up to high A? He is obviously raking down in low A, and I would think that a guy like him should be on the fast track. If the Pirates have any plans of having him up here by sometime next year, I would almost think he has to start in AA next year, and would need to go to Lynchburg before that.

  • Tim Williams

    I wouldn't rule out the possibility that he could skip Lynchburg and go to Altoona next year. I'm hoping he makes an appearance in Lynchburg this year.

    Lynchburg has a good hitting catcher in Kris Watts, although he's 25, so not really much of a prospect at this point. I wouldn't say that Sanchez is blocked, and considering he's a first round pick, I wouldn't think he'd be blocked by anyone on his path through the minors, including Diaz and Lerud.

    Lynchburg will be in the playoffs. Maybe Sanchez will join them for that, just to get some extra playing time. He certainly has shown that he can hit in the SAL, although it's only 66 plate appearances, so I'm fine giving him some more time.