Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/5/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


The Result: Indianapolis won both games of a double header against Louisville, winning 1-0 in the first game, and 5-3 in the second game.

-Daniel McCutchen got his seventh win of the season in game two, going 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), four strikeouts, and no walks.

Other Game Notes: Ian Snell pitched a complete game (7 IP) shutout in game one, allowing five hits and striking out six, with one walk. Snell now has 14 scoreless innings at AAA, with a 23:2 K/BB ratio and 7 hits allowed.

Brian Bixler went 2 for 3 in both games, including a grand slam in game two, which put Indianapolis on top 4-3 in the 5th inning, putting Daniel McCutchen in line for the win.


The Result: Altoona lost 3-0 to Bowie.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 4.

-Gorkys Hernandez also went 1 for 4.

-Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Reliever Michael Dubee allowed his first run at AA since being promoted from Lynchburg a few weeks ago. Dubee has pitched 7 innings so far, with 1 run, 6 hits, and a 6:3 K/BB ratio. The Pirates acquired him earlier in the year for Andy Phillips.


Lynchburg was rained out.


The Result: West Virginia split a double header, winning the first game 7-1, and losing game two 9-3.

-Robbie Grossman went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI in game one. He didn’t play in the second game.

-Tony Sanchez played the second game, going 0 for 1 with two walks.

-Starling Marte played both games, going a combined 2 for 7 with three stolen bases and two runs.

-Rudy Owens started the first game, pitching five shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out three. More on Owens in tonight’s notebook.

Other Game Notes:


The Result: State College won 11-3 against Williamsport.

Game Notes: Three 2009 draft picks led the offense from the top three spots of the order. Brock Holt (9th round, batting first), went 3 for 6 with a run and an RBI. Ty Summerlin (30th round, batting second), went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI. Third round pick Evan Chambers, batting third, went 2 for 6 with a run and two RBIs.

Chambers is off to a great start at the plate, ging 5 for 15 in four games, with a .450 OBP and a .733 SLG.

The pitching staff tonight was also fueled by 2009 draft picks. Jason Erickson, taken in the 24th round, got the start, going 4 innings with two runs (one earned) on eight hits, striking out five and walking none. The run was the first of the season for Erickson, who has a 0.64 ERA, and a 12:0 K/BB ratio in 14 innings.

21st round pick Phillip Irwin made his second appearance, picking up the win in relief. Irwin pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out three.


Bradenton didn’t play today.


The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Phillies 12-4.

-Jorge Bishop went 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs, raising his average to .349.

-Exicardo Cayonez entered the game as a pinch runner, and scored a run.

-Jonathan Barrios went 1 for 5 with a run and an RBI.

Share This Article

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, 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.

Freddy Sanchez selected to the All-Star Game

Next Story »

Hanley Ramirez is a Stud

Latest Analysis

  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    14 hours ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    3 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    4 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    4 days ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    6 days ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    1 week ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    1 week ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Third Base Mathisen Luplow Joe

    Who’s on Third? In the Pirates’ Farm System, It Could Be Anyone

    1 week ago

    If you have ever played third base in your life — professional, college, high school, slow pitch softball — then the Pittsburgh Pirates might be contacting you ...

    Read More
  • Jason Creasy

    Another Pitcher to Watch From the Pirates’ 2011 Draft

    2 weeks ago

    The 2011 draft is shaping up to be a great class for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They picked first overall that year, so naturally you’d expect good things ...

    Read More
  • Peacock Nevarez

    Will One of These Pirates Minor League Pitchers Be the Next John Holdzkom?

    2 weeks ago

    By now you probably know that John Holdzkom rose from independent ball last year and made it to the majors. It was one of the best stories in ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles