Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/5/09

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.


Indianapolis was off today.


The Result: Altoona lost 9-0 to Portland.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 5 with a double.

-Pedro Alvarez went 0 for 2 with two walks.

Other Game Notes: Shelby Ford, in his first game at AA since being demoted, went 0 for 3 with a walk. Miles Durham went 2 for 4 with two doubles. Kyle Bloom pitched 3.2 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits, with five walks and three strikeouts. Jeff Sues allowed one run on no hits and two walks in 1.2 innings pitched.


The Result: Lynchburg lost 2-1 to Kinston.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 0 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Jared Keel got the only hit for Lynchburg, a solo homer, his ninth of the year. Justin Wilson had another good outing, going five innings, with one run on one hit, four strikeouts and two walks. Wilson has a 3.17 ERA in his last ten starts, spanning 48.1 innings, with a 35:24 K/BB ratio. Not a lot of strikeouts, but he’s not really a strikeout pitcher. Tom Boleska piched three innings in relief, allowing no runs, one hit, and striking out two. Boleska has a 0.49 ERA in 18.1 innings pitched in Lynchburg this year. He’s mostly been pitching 2-3 inning outings, kind of like Dustin Molleken when he was with the Cats.


The Result: West Virginia lost 5-3 to Kannapolis.

-Robbie Grossman went 1 for 4.

-Tony Sanchez went 0 for 4.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 5. He now has a 19 game hitting streak.

Other Game Notes: Calvin Anderson and Quincy Latimore both hit homers. Gabriel Alvarado pitched five shutout innings. Brian Leach got the loss, allowing five runs in four innings pitched.


The Result: State College lost 7-3 to Aberdeen.

Game Notes: Nathan Baker, the 2009 fifth round pick, made his debut. Baker pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, with no walks or strikeouts. 2009 21st round pick Phillip Irwin pitched two innings, allowing one un-earned run on three hits, with a walk and two strikeouts. Irwin has a 0.41 ERA in 22 innings pitched this season. Baker and Irwin pitched together for the University of Mississippi this year. Nelson Pereira pitched three innings, allowing one run on five hits, with five strikeouts and a walk.


Bradenton was suspended in the fifth inning.


The VSL Pirates were off today.

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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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