Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/30/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Diego Moreno played the last two seasons in the VSL, making his pro debut in the states this year in State College. Moreno combined for a 1.52 ERA and a 37:9 K/BB ratio in 53.1 innings pitched in the VSL prior to his time in State College.

This year Moreno has really stepped up. In his short time with the Spikes, Moreno pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. He was quickly promoted to West Virginia, where he has been racking up multiple innings at a time in relief.

After tonight’s performance, Moreno has a 1.57 ERA and a 52:13 K/BB ratio in 40 innings pitched in West Virginia. In his last five appearances he has combined for 14 innings, eight hits, three runs, 20 strikeouts, and no walks. His biggest outing of the year was back in July 27th when he and Hunter Strickland combined for a no hitter, with Moreno pitching the last three innings, and striking out three batters.

Moreno was pitching 94-95 MPH in the no-hitter, and has reportedly been clocked as high as 97 MPH. He should start out at Lynchburg next season, and if he shows the same success, he could finish the year in Altoona, on his way to serve in the back of the bullpen in the majors one day.

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis won 6-3 against Toledo.

-Jose Tabata went 1 for 2 with two walks.

-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Neil Walker went 0 for 4. Jeff Karstens pitched two shutout innings in a rehab appearance, allowing two hits and striking out three.

AA

The Result: Altoona lost 7-6 in 12 innings to Erie.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 2 for 6.

-Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 4 with two walks.

-Tim Alderson pitched six innings, allowing three runs on three hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Shelby Ford went 2 for 5. Michael Dubee pitched two shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out three. Ramon Aguero pitched 1.2 innings, allowing one run on one hit, with four walks and two strikeouts.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg lost 7-4 to Winston-Salem.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 with a double and a stolen base.

-Nathan Adcock allowed six runs on six hits in one inning of work.

-Ronald Uviedo pitched four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Matt Hague went 2 for 3 with a double.

A

The Result: West Virginia won 9-8 against Hickory.

-Robbie Grossman went 1 for 3 with two walks.

-Tony Sanchez did not play.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 5 with a stolen base.

-Brett Lorin pitched six innings, allowing one run on six hits, with a walk and eight strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Kyle Morgan went 4 for 5 with two doubles. Calvin Anderson went 1 for 3. Diego Moreno pitched two innings, allowing one run on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

A-

The Result: State College lost 5-3 against Williamsport.

Game Notes: Brock Holt went 3 for 5 with a triple. Aaron Baker went 2 for 4. Tyler Cox pitched six innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on four hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Victor Black pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.

GCL

Bradenton was off today.

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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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