Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/14/10

The prospect watch returns for a day, but will take another break until Saturday.  I’ll be heading back up to Pennsylvania tomorrow, visiting family and going to the Pirates game on Friday.  Just like earlier this week, I’ve already got posts scheduled to go up, just no prospect watch due to my limited access to the internet over the next two days.
Indianapolis won 3-0 against Louisville, with the Indianapolis pitching staff combining to allow just four hits.  Brad Lincoln pitched six shutout innings, allowing those four hits, plus two walks, and striking out three batters to get the win.  Kevin Hart came on for three no-hit innings, allowing one walk and striking out three.  The one walk is a big improvement for Hart.  Hart was most likely in relief due to his upcoming suspension, which will cause him to miss his next scheduled start.  Hart was suspended for throwing behind Carlos Santana in his start last week.
Brandon Moss, Argenis Diaz, and Jose Tabata each had RBIs, with Pedro Alvarez, Neil Walker, and Diaz scoring the runs.  Luke Carlin was the only Indianapolis batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk.
Altoona beat Richmond 4-2, sweeping the three game series against the Flying Squirrels.  Jared Hughes made the start, allowing two runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings, with a walk and seven strikeouts. Hughes gave up both of his runs on solo homers.  Michael Dubee pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out two.  Dubee ran in to some trouble in the sixth, coming in to relieve Hughes, but escaped the jam without giving up a run.  Jeff Sues pitched two shutout innings for the save, allowing three hits and striking out two.
Hector Gimenez led the offense with a 2-for-4 performance, and a solo homer.  Last night’s hero, Josh Harrison, went 2-for-4 with two runs.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-2 with two walks and his first stolen base of the season.  Jordy Mercer, Miles Durham, and Matt Hague all went 1-for-4.
On an unrelated note, Kevin Melillo was listed on Altoona’s roster in the program, with the roster updated on April 12th.  Just a note for those of you wondering if Melillo is still in the organization.
Bradenton was the only Pirates affiliate that lost tonight, suffering their first loss of the season, not to mention the first loss in franchise history.  Bryan Morris made the start, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Casey Erickson pitched two shutout innings in relief, with two hits, a walk, and a strikeout.  Michael Colla got the loss, allowing a run on four hits in 2.2 innings, allowing the winning run to score in extra innings.
Starling Marte went 2-for-2, but left the game in the fifth inning.  Marte was hit by a pitch before he left the game, so hopefully the move was only precautionary.  Tony Sanchez went 2-for-5 tonight, and is hitting for a .368 average so far this season, although it’s only been a week.  Erik Huber made an appearance as the designated hitter, going 1-for-3.

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West Virginia won 2-0 against Charleston today, thanks to a strong outing from Nathan Baker.  Baker pitched five shutout innings, with three hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched two shutout innings, allowing just two hits, then Ryan Kelly closed it out with two more shutout innings, allowing two hits, and striking out one.
West Virginia’s offense came from Kyle Morgan, who went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run.  Wes Freeman and Jose Hernandez both had RBIs.  Freeman has been struggling to start the season at the A-level.  If he keeps this up, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move back down to State College once the short season leagues begin.  The aggressive move to West Virginia could have just been a move to give Freeman a full season of playing time.
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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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