Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/18/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis lost 10-2 to Louisville

-Jose Tabata did not play, although his injury from yesterday isn’t serious.

-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 3.

Other Game Notes: Jeff Clement went 0 for 3. Neil Walker went 0 for 4. Robinzon Diaz went 1 for 4 with a homer. Eric Hacker pitched 5.1 innings, allowing ten runs on 13 hits, with a walk, four strikeouts, and three homers. Jon Meloan made his first appearance, pitching 1.2 shutout innings, with one hit, no walks, and a strikeout.

AA

The Result: Altoona won 7-2 against Harrisburg.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 0 for 5 with a run.

-Pedro Alvarez went 1 for 5.

Other Game Notes: Shelby Ford went 1 for 4. Brian Friday went 2 for 5. Kyle Bloom pitched 5.1 innings, allowing just one un-earned run on three hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. Donald Veal pitched two no hit innings, allowing one walk and three strikeouts.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 5-3 to Salem.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 1 for 4 with a double.

-Rudy Owens pitched five innings, allowing four runs on ten hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Jordy Mercer went 2 for 4. Matt Hague went 2 for 4 with a double. Tom Boleska pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks and a strikeout. Boleska, who just turned 23 a few weeks ago, has a 0.34 ERA in 26.1 innings pitched in Lynchburg, with a 13:2 K/BB ratio.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 10-3 against Asheville.

-Robbie Grossman went 1 for 5 with his 32nd stolen base of the season.

-Tony Sanchez went 0 for 4 and was hit by a pitch.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 4 with two runs.

-Quinton Miller pitched four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits, with no walks, three strikeouts, and two homers allowed.

Other Game Notes: Calvin Anderson went 2 for 4 with a triple. Anderson is 6’7″, 240 pounds, but has five triples on the season now. Casey Erickson pitched 0.2 innings, allowing two hits, one run, with two walks and a strikeout to get the save.

A-

State College was off for the New York-Penn League All-Star game. 2009 9th round pick Brock Holt went 0 for 1 with a walk and a run. 2009 21st round pick Phillip Irwin pitched a perfect inning. 2008 49th round pick Zach Foster got the loss, allowing three runs on three hits in one inning.

GCL

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

-Wes Freeman went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Freeman is 3 for 21 with 14 strikeouts in his last six games.

-Gift Ngoepe went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

-Ramon Cabrera went 1 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Benji Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a double. Brent Klinger pitched 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with no walks, four strikeouts, and a homer.

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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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