Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: The Pirates signed four prep pitchers to above slot deals. The only player to make his debut so far has been Trent Stevenson. Stevenson has gradually increased his workload in his first five outings, starting with one inning pitched in the first, two in the second, three innings in the third outing, four in his fourth outing, and five innings tonight.

The process seems like a good way to ease the prep pitcher in to professional ball. As for the performance, Stevenson is doing very well, living up to his above slot deal thus far. Stevenson has pitched 15 innings, allowing 13 hits, with eight strikeouts and no walks. His two runs allowed tonight were his first two runs allowed in his short career. A promising start for a promising young pitching prospect.

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis lost 17-6 to Toledo.

-Jose Tabata went 0 for 5.

-Argenis Diaz went 3 for 4 with a double. It was his first extra base hit in Indianapolis in 110 at-bats.

Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 2 for 4. Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 4.Jeff Sues pitched 1.2 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on one hit, with four walks and two strikeouts. Jonathan Meloan pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit.

AA

The Result: Altoona won 9-6 against Erie.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 5.

-Pedro Alvarez went 2 for 5.

Other Game Notes: Brian Friday went 3 for 6 with three RBIs. Shelby Ford went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

A+

Lynchburg was postponed.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 6-2 against Bowling Green.

-Robbie Grossman went 0 for 2 with two walks and his 33rd steal of the season.

-Tony Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a triple.

-Starling Marte went 0 for 4.

-Aaron Pribanic pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Kyle Morgan went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs.

A-

The Result: State College won 5-2 against Williamsport.

Game Notes: Brock Holt went 2 for 3 with a walk. Aaron Baker went 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs.

GCL

The Result: Bradenton lost 3-0 to the GCL Tigers.

-Wes Freeman did not play.

-Gift Ngoepe went 1 for 3.

-Ramon Cabrera did not play.

Other Game Notes: Benji Gonzalez went 1 for 4. Trent Stevenson pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.

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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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