Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/5/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

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.

AA

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.

A+

Lynchburg was rained out.

A

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:

A-

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.

GCL

Bradenton didn’t play today.

VSL

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.

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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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