Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis lost 2-1 to Columbus.

Game Notes: Ryan Doumit continues to go hitless in his rehab stint, going 0 for 3. Tom Gorzelanny went 5.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits, with four walks and two strikeouts. Not a good outing for Gorzelanny, with a high walk rate, but he managed to come out with just one run allowed.

AA

The Result: Altoona won 1-0 against Erie.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 3 with a walk.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 3 with a walk.

-Pedro Alvarez didn’t want to miss out, so he also went 1 for 3 with a walk.

Other Game Notes: Kyle Bloom pitched six innings, allowing three hits and three walks, with seven strikeouts. Bloom has a 3.35 ERA on the season, and is one of the best left handed prospects we have in the system. His future is probably as a reliever in the majors. He hasn’t allowed a homer in 53.2 innings this year, and has a decent walk rate with 31 walks, but his strikeouts (30) could be better. Last year he had a 93:55 K/BB ratio in 109.2 innings, with 9 homers allowed.

Also, yesterday I speculated that Gorkys might have been taken out due to the score of the game. Thanks to the guys on the OnlyBucs.net forum, I found out that he failed to run out a pop up that started off foul, and was caught in fair territory (apparently it was behind the plate). This is the second time Gorkys has been pulled for a poor reaction. He was pulled earlier in the year for a poor reaction following a called strike three.

Also, to the guys at OnlyBucs, thanks for the comments on the blog yesterday. I’d post there, but I’m still waiting for my username to be activated by the mods. I will point out that my constant pining for Robbie Grossman to be in Lynchburg is about 25% performance, and 75% due to the fact that I live very close to Lynchburg.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 7-5 to Wilmington.

-Chase D’Arnaud went 0 for 4.

-Bryan Morris got hammered, allowing six runs on seven hits in three innings. Morris walked two and didn’t record a strikeout.

Other Game Notes: Alex Presley went 2 for 4 with his second homer of the year. Presley, 24 years old later this month, is only batting .233 this season in Lynchburg. I doubt he’d be starting if we had guys like…oh, say…Robbie Grossman up in Lynchburg.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 7-3.

-Robbie Grossman didn’t play.

-Tony Sanchez went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

-Starling Marte went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. Yes, that’s right. Starling Marte actually went a game without recording a hit.

Other Game Notes: Quincy Latimore snapped his hitting streak, going 0 for 3. Calvin Anderson went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs. The triple is pretty amazing, considering Anderson is 6’7″ and 240 pounds. I’m guessing all three outfielders fell down. Twice.

Anderson is hitting .286/.356/.468 on the year with 8 homers in 252 at-bats. I’d like to see him in Lynchburg by the end of the season, although he does struggle with strike zone control, with a 72:23 K/BB ratio. He’s also blocked by Matt Hague, who I feel should be moved back to third base.

A-

The Result: State College lost 4-2.

Game Notes: 2009 draft picks Brock Holt and Aaron Baker both went 1 for 4. Maurice Bankston pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, and one run, with a walk and three strikeouts. Bankston has a 2.30 ERA in three starts with State College, after posting a 4.98 ERA in 9 starts with West Virginia earlier in the year. Bankston turned 21 in June.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton lost 5-2 to the GCL Phillies.

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts.

-Gift Ngoepe didn’t play.

-Ramon Cabrera went 2 for 3 with a walk. Cabrera has a five game hitting streak to start his time in the GCL.

Other Game Notes: Shortstop Benji Gonzalez went 2 for 3, bringing his average to .276. Gonzalez, our seventh round draft pick last year, is said to be our best defensive shortstop prospect. He also has some speed, with 8 steals last year, and his second steal of the season tonight (he only has 29 at-bats).

Neil Walker made a rehab appearance, going 0 for 4. Walker is 1 for 7 in the GCL in two appearances. Lastings Milledge also played, going 1 for 5.

VSL

The Result: The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Cardinals 10-6.

-Jorge Bishop went 1 for 5 with 2 runs.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run.

-Jonathan Barrios went 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs.

Other Game Notes: Yomar Pacheco pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, and six strikeouts and two walks for the win. Pacheco has a 2.96 ERA in 24.1 innings pitched for the VSL Pirates this year. He’s a 19 year old right hander at 6’3″, 200 pounds.

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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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