Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/3/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


Indianapolis lost 1-0 to Louisville, despite an eight inning complete game by Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny allowed five hits and one un-earned run, while striking out five and walking none. Since being sent back down, Gorzelanny has pitched 22 innings, allowing two earned runs, with 13 hits and a 26:5 K/BB ratio. Gorzelanny has a 2.87 ERA on the season at AAA.


Altoona lost 4-3 in 11 innings to Reading. Jose Tabata had a solid night, going 3 for 5 with a walk and a run. Tabata is hitting .297/.413/.438 since returning from injury.

Gorkys Hernandez had a disappointing night, going 0 for 6 with two strikeouts.

Kyle Bloom, one of the few left handed prospect we have, went five innings, with three runs on six hits, striking out two and walking three.


Lynchburg lost 5-1 to Winston-Salem. Chase D’Arnaud went 1 for 4 from the leadoff spot. D’Arnaud is batting .278/.357/.500 with the Hillcats.


West Virginia had an impressive 12-1 victory. Robbie Grossman didn’t play a big role in the win, going 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. However, Tony Sanchez had his best game so far of his short professional career, going 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI.

Starling Marte went 1 for 5 with a run.

Brian Leach, last year’s 25th round draft pick, pitched six scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.86 on the season. This was only the third start for Leach.


State College won 11-3 against Auburn thanks to the efforts of several 2009 draft picks. Brock Holt (9th round) went 2 for 6 with an RBI from the leadoff spot. Ty Summerlin (30th round) went 3 for 5, raising his average to .280. Third round pick Evan Chambers went 1 for 4, getting his first professional hit. He also walked once and scored two runs.

The biggest night was by Aaron Baker (11th round), who went 3 for 4 with 3 runs and an RBI. Baker has just 15 at-bats so far, but is hitting .467/.556/.733, with a hit in all four games played. Baker came from college (Oklahoma) so it wouldn’t be out of the question to see him move fast. He’d be blocked at West Virginia by Calvin Anderson at the moment.


After a ton of rainouts, Bradenton played not one, but two games today. Wes Freeman played in both games, combining for a 2 for 5 day. Gift Ngoepe played in the first game, going 1 for 2. Ramon Cabrera caught the second game, going 1 for 2 with a 3 RBI triple. Ryan Doumit caught the majority of the first game in his rehab appearance.


The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Tigers 14-3. Jorge Bishop went 1 for 5 with a run. Exicardo Cayonez went 0 for 2. Jonathan Barrios had a big day, going 3 for 4.

Michaelangel Trinidad went 3 for 4 with three homers. Trinidad is hitting .319/.421/.723 on the season, with 10 homers in 94 at-bats. Those are spectacular numbers, and I considered putting him on the prospects tracker. One thing held me back: his age. Trinidad turns 21 in August. That’s 3-4 years older than most other prospects at the VSL level. For example, Bishop and Cayonez are currently 17 years old, while Barrios turned 18 in March.

Trinidad played for the VSL Pirates in 2006 and 2007, hitting .261 in 06, and .246 in 07. I’m not sure what happened in 2008. In short, I think of his performance the same way I think of Jamie Romak homering twice yesterday for Lynchburg: I’m only going to be impressed if he can do the same at a higher level.

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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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