Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/27/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Starling Marte went 0 for 4 tonight, which is a very significant event. Marte went from the DSL last year to West Virginia, stopping for two games in Bradenton, and skipping State College completely. It doesn’t seem like the jump to West Virginia has provided him much of a challenge.

So far Marte is hitting .320/.380/.438 in 194 at-bats, with 21 stolen bases. The 0 for 4 performance tonight was only the fourth time this season that Marte has gone 0-fer, spanning 47 games played. That’s an incredible feat, no matter what level you’re at.

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis won 5-3 against Toledo.

-Jose Tabata went 0 for 4.

-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 3 for 4. Jeff Clement went 0 for 4. Erik Kratz went 2 for 4 with a homer. Jonathan Meloan pitched a perfect inning with a walk and two strikeouts.

AA

The Result: Altoona beat Trenton 9-4.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.

-Pedro Alvarez went 3 for 5 with two homers.

Other Game Notes: Donald Veal pitched two innings, allowing one run on two hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. Ramon Aguero pitched two perfect innings with a strikeout.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 7-2 to Wilmington.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 0 for 4, snapping a nine game hitting streak.

Other Game Notes: Jordy Mercer went 1 for 3. Matt Hague went 1 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs. Justin Wilson allowed four runs on four hits in four innings of work, with two walks and a strikeout.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 4-0 against Bowling Green.

-Robbie Grossman did not play.

-Tony Sanchez did not play.

-Starling Marte went 0 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Brian Leach pitched 8.2 shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out seven.

A-

The Result: State College lost both games of a double header to Jamestown.

Game Notes: Nathan Baker pitched four shutout innings in game one, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out three. Jason Erickson pitched four innings in game two, allowing two runs on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton won 3-2 against the GCL Tigers.

-Wes Freeman went 1 for 1 with a run.

-Gift Ngoepe went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.

-Ramon Cabrera went 1 for 4 with a double.

Other Game Notes: Zac Fuesser pitched three innings, allowing one run on three hits, with two walks and a strikeout. Brooks Pounders pitched one inning, allowing two walks with two strikeouts.

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Tim Williams

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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