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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/29/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis won 4-1, thanks to a solid start from Daniel McCutchen.  McCutchen pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.  The good outing isn’t a big surprise, since McCutchen had a 3.47 ERA in 142.2 innings at the AAA level in 2009.  He just needs to carry his success over to the major league level.  Michael Dubee made his AAA debut, pitching a shutout inning and allowing no hits and two walks.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning to get the save, allowing one walk and striking out three.

Jose Tabata went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI from the leadoff spot.  Luke Carlin went 2-for-4 with two runs and a triple.  Brian Myrow went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and two walks.  Neil Walker went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona was off today.
BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 6-2 to Palm Beach.  Brian Leach had a rough start, going 4.1 innings and allowing six runs on four hits, with seven walks and five strikeouts.  Bradenton’s bullpen had a strong outing, but the offense didn’t manage to make a comeback.  Michael Felix pitched 2.2 shutout innings, allowing three walks.  Michael Colla pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.  Diego Moreno pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit and striking out one.

Brock Holt went 1-for-3 with a double and the only two RBIs of the game.  Holt had one of five Bradenton hits, and the only extra base hit of the night.  Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a walk.  Austin McClune and Greg Picart each went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 9-3 to Greenville.  Melkin Laureano made the start, allowing two runs on six hits in four innings, with two walks and four strikeouts.  West Virginia ran in to trouble due to the bullpen and the defense.  Jason Erickson followed Laureano, pitching two innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Ryan Kelly put the game out of reach, allowing four runs in an inning of work.  Marc Baca pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits.

Aaron Baker has been hot at the plate lately, and continued that tonight, going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, his second of the season, and three RBIs.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-2 with a double, a run, and two walks.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a stolen base.  Wes Freeman went 1-for-4.  Jarek Cunningham had a rare 0-for-4 day.

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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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