Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/9/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


The Result: Indianapolis lost 9-0 to Columbus.

Game Notes: Ryan Doumit actually recorded a hit in his rehab stint, going 2 for 4. Steve Pearce went 0 for 4 in his return to AAA. Jeremy Powell got crushed, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in four innings.


The Result: Altoona won 10-4 against Erie.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 5 with a run.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 4 with his second homer of the AA season.

-Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 3 with a walk and three runs. Just throwing this out there: Pedro is hitting .348/.385/.565 with one homer in 23 at-bats so far in the month of July. He also has a six game hitting streak.

Other Game Notes: Yoslan Herrera pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks to improve to 5-0.


The Result: Lynchburg lost 3-1 to Wilmington.

-Chase D’Arnaud went 1 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

Other Game Notes: Catcher Kris Watts went 3 for 3 with the lone Hillcats run. Watts is batting .313 on the season. He turns 25 next Wednesday, and is a left handed hitting catcher.

2008 fifth round pick Justin Wilson pitched five innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with five walks and one strikeout. Wilson’s control has been hit or miss this season, but overall it’s been decent, with a 49:33 K/BB ratio in 63.2 innings pitched.


The Result: West Virginia won 5-3 against Delmarva.

-Robbie Grossman went 0 for 3 with a run and a walk, striking out twice.

-Tony Sanchez went 2 for 3 with a walk and two doubles. I’m very impressed with the hitting from our 2009 first round pick. Sanchez is hitting .385/.484/.500 in his brief time in West Virginia.

-Starling Marte made up for his first 0-for performance yesterday by going 3 for 4 with his first homer of the season, and his sixth stolen base. STARling (haven’t seen that yet, but that’s what I’m calling him) is now hitting .383/.423/.511 in 47 at-bats at West Virginia.

Other Game Notes: Quincy Latimore, who had a 12 game hitting streak broken yesterday, got back on track with a 1 for 4 performance.

Starting pitcher Casey Erickson went six innings, allowing one run on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. Erickson was acquired in the Eric Hinske trade. He’s made three appearances for West Virginia so far, allowing one run on six hits in nine innings. He now has a 5-3 record and a 2.04 ERA in 47 innings at A ball this year. This was his fourth start of the season in 24 total appearances.


The Result: State College won 2-1 against Batavia.

Game Notes: 2009 second round pick Victor Black started the game, pitching three innings and allowing one run on one hit, with five strikeouts and a walk. 2008 35th round pick Tyler Cox pitched the final six innings, allowing no runs on three hits, with three strikeouts and a walk. Cox was crushed in his first appearance with State College, allowing eight earned runs in 4.2 innings, but has since allowed just four runs in 24 innings.

2009 30th round pick Ty Summerlin went 2 for 3 with a run and a double. Summerlin is batting .313 and looks very good for a 30th round player. We certainly need any help we can get from the middle infield spots. 2008 11th round pick David Rubinstein went 1 for 3 with both RBIs, raising his average to .254.


Bradenton was scheduled for a double header, but the first game was suspended after four scoreless innings, and the second game was postponed.


The Result: The VSL Pirates lost to the VSL Mets 4-2.

-Jorge Bishop didn’t play.

-Exicardo Cayonez went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run.

-Jonathan Barrios went 1 for 4.

Other Game Notes: The Pirates were up 2-1 going in to the 8th inning, but Julio Denis allowed three runs in the final two innings for the loss. Octavio Espinosa and Remberto Romo comnbined for six innings of one run ball before Denis took the mound.

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    I was at the Curve game yesterday. I got the Gorkys HR on film. Best thing about Alvarez was no Ks. It was great to watch the Big Three (Alvarez, Hernandez and Tabata).

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