Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/20/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis won 9-4 against Columbus, thanks to a big seven run fourth inning that saw three Indians home runs.  Brian Myrow got things started with a solo shot, giving Indianapolis a 1-0 lead.  Brian Friday knocked in two more runs with a two RBI single.  Jose Tabata then broke things open with a three run homer, his first of the season.  Neil Walker followed that up with a solo homer.  Steve Pearce added to the offense by going 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Donald Veal had a good outing, going 5.2 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.  The Indianapolis bullpen actually held on to get Veal the win.  Jeff Karstens pitched 1.1 innings, allowing just one run on one hit, a solo homer, and striking out two.  Wilfredo Ledezma made his debut, pitching a perfect inning.  Steven Jackson pitched a perfect ninth inning to wrap it up.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona won 2-0 after a big pitching performance led by Jared Hughes.  Hughes pitched five no-hit innings to start the game, allowing four walks and striking out three batters.  Dustin Molleken came on and gave up a hit in his first inning, breaking up the no-hitter.  Molleken ended up going three shutout innings, allowing the only two hits of the game, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos came on for the save, walking one and striking out three to end the game.

Jordy Mercer led the offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.  Miles Durham went 2-for-5.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 with a run.  Jim Negrych scored the other run, while Hector Gimenez went 0-for-2 with two walks and a sacrifice fly for the other RBI.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton won 9-6 against Jupiter, thanks to a combination of a strong offense in the first three innings, and a solid start from Bryan Morris.  Morris pitched five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.  Morris now has a 1.84 ERA on the season, a major turnaround from his 2009 results at the high-A level.  The bullpen ran in to some trouble, with Tyler Cox allowing two runs in two innings, and Diego Moreno allowing a solo homer in his two innings, but they had plenty of cushion.

That was due to the offense from the Marauders, who scored all nine runs in the first three innings.  Quincy Latimore got things rolling in the first inning, with a grand slam, his fourth homer of the year.  Latimore also hit a double, and went 2-for-3 on the night with a walk.  Latimore now has an average of .400 on the season.  Starling Marte also had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-5 with all three of his hits being doubles.  Tony Sanchez went 0-for-3 with two walks.  Jeremy Farrell went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 6-1 after falling apart for three runs in the sixth inning.  West Virginia was down 2-1 heading in to the sixth, thanks to a strong outing from Nathan Baker.  Baker left with two outs in the sixth inning, and two runners on.  Duke Welker came on and allowed a triple, bringing in both runs.  Baker ended up with four runs on three hits in 5.2 innings.  He walked two and struck out four.  Duke Welker allowed two runs (one earned) on one hit in one inning.  He walked three and struck out three.  Marc Baca pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out three.

West Virginia’s offense was quiet, with David Rubinstein and Ramon Cabrera providing the only production.  Rubinstein went 3-for-4 with a double and the only RBI.  Cabrera went 2-for-4.  Evan Chamber

s went 0-for-2 with two walks, a stat line that may soon be renamed as “The Evan Chambers”.  Chambers came in to the night with just a .147 average, but a .341 OBP, thanks to eight walks.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-4 with a double.

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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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