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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/6/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis got creamed 15-1 by Louisville.

-Brad Lincoln made the start, going five innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. Lincoln struck out seven and walked three, with one homer. Lincoln started off with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP at AA in his first four starts before posting a 1.20 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP the rest of his time in Altoona.

Other Game Notes: Donald Veal pitched 1.1 innings, allowing five runs on two hits, with four walks. More on Veal in the notebook tonight. Brian Bixler also homered, getting the start in center field.

AA

The Result: Altoona beat Bowie 12-3.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with a run and an RBI.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI.

-Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

-Daniel Moskos got his fifth win of the season, pitching 5 innings with 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, and 3 strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Brian Friday, Jim Negrych, and Miles Durham all homered for Altoona.

A+

Lynchburg did not play tonight.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 8-4.

-Robbie Grossman went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. This is the tenth game this season that Grossman has three or more strikeouts, and the third time Grossman has struck out four times in a game.

-Tony Sanchez went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Sanchez is off to a good start at West Virginia, batting .368/.478/.421 in his first 19 at-bats.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 4 with a triple. Marte has a hit in every game at West Virginia this year. It’s only a nine game hitting streak, but it’s a great start to his professional career.

-Quinton Miller pitched five innings, with two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one.

A-

The Result: State College lost 8-1 against Williamsport.

Game Notes: 2009 draft picks Brock Holt (9th round), Evan Chambers (3rd round), and Aaron Baker (11th round) combined to go 0 for 11. 30th round pick Ty Summerlin continues to hit well from the #2 spot in the order, going 2 for 3.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton lost 6-3 to the GCL Yankees.

-Wes Freeman went 2 for 3 with a run. Freeman has reached base safely in all seven games played, with a hit in six of those games.

-Ramon Cabrera went 1 for 3. Cabrera has a hit in all four games played in Bradenton.

-Gift Ngoepe did not play.

Other Game Notes: Rinku Singh pitched a perfect inning.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Mariners 2-0.

-Jorge Bishop went 0 for 3.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 1 for 3

-Jonathan Barrios went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and his first stolen base of the season. Barrios started the season 0 for 15, but is hitting .370/.440/.534 in the 73 at-bats since.

Other Game Notes: Roberto Espinoza, a 6’1″, 189 pound right handed starter who just turned 17 in May, pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. Espinoza has a 1.97 ERA and a 36:14 K/BB ratio in 45.2 innings pitched this season.

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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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