Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/3/09

Today’s Prospect Feature: Brent Klinger was taken in the 21st round last year, draft out of Glendale Community College in Arizona. Scouting reports at the time said Klinger could throw 94 MPH, which made him an interesting addition.


Klinger started off strong, with a 0.66 ERA and a 12:3 K/BB ratio in 13.2 innings pitched with the GCL Pirates in 2008. He returned to Bradenton this year and continued that success, with a 3.28 ERA and a 36:12 K/BB ratio in 35.2 innings pitched.

With Bradenton’s season ending this past week, Klinger was promoted to State College, where he made his first start tonight. Klinger continued his success, with three no hit innings, no runs, two walks, and no strikeouts.

Klinger just turned 21 in July. He’s also a very projectable pitcher at 6’4″, 185 pounds. He’s put up some nice ratios in the lower levels, and it will be interesting to see how he develops next year when he moves up, as I assume he will start out in A ball.

The Prospect Tracker is updated with tonight’s games.

AAA

The Result: Indianapolis lost 4-2 to Louisville.

-Jose Tabata went 2 for 4.

-Argenis Diaz went 1 for 4.

Other Game Notes: Robinzon Diaz went 2 for 4 playing third base. Jeff Karstens pitched two shutout innings in relief, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out one.

AA

The Result: Altoona lost 4-0 to Akron.

-Gorkys Hernandez went 1 for 5.

Other Game Notes: Brian Friday went 1 for 3. Shelby Ford went 1 for 4. Kyle Bloom pitched 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. Ramon Aguero pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.

A+

The Result: Lynchburg won 11-6 against Potomac.

-Chase d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 with three runs and a stolen base, his 13th of the season.


-Rudy Owens pitched three innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk, three strikeouts, and three solo homers.

-Ronald Uviedo pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out one.

Other Game Notes: Josh Harrison went 2 for 5. Kris Watts went 2 for 3 with a homer. Mike Colla pitched two perfect innings, striking out two.

A

The Result: West Virginia had an impressive 12-1 victory.

-Robbie Grossman went 1 for 4 with his 34th steal of the season.

-Tony Sanchez went 1 for 3 with a run and an RBI.

-Starling Marte went 1 for 4.


-Quinton Miller pitched six innings, allowing one run on two hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.

Other Game Notes: Diego Moreno pitched two innings, allowing three runs on two hits, with a walk, a strikeout, and a homer to blow the lead and get the loss. A rare poor performance for Moreno.

A-

The Result: State College won 8-1 against Williamsport.

Game Notes: Brock Holt went 2 for 3 with three runs and two walks. Evan Chambers went 2 for 5. Brent Klinger pitched three no hit innings with two walks and no runs allowed.

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