Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/10/10


Indianapolis beat Rochester 7-2.  Daniel McCutchen went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with a walk and two strikeouts to get the win.  McCutchen now has a 2.95 ERA in 18.1 innings at the AAA level, with an 8:3 K/BB ratio since being demoted from the majors.  Anthony Claggett pitched 3.2 shutout innings, allowing no hits, one walk, and striking out one to get the save.

Luke Carlin led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Brian Friday went 1-for-2 with a triple and three RBIs.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-2 with two walks, a run, and a strikeout.  Neil Walker went 1-for-4 with a triple.  Jose Tabata went 1-for-3 with an RBI and his 17th stolen base of the season.

Altoona beat Harrisburg 9-1.  Jared Hughes pitched seven innings, allowing just one unearned run on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Hughes now has a 3.53 ERA on the season in 35.2 innings of work, with a 26:8 K/BB ratio.  Tony Watson pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out two.

Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5 with a double and a run.  Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Hector Gimenez went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.  Miles Durham went 1-for-1 with a double, three walks, and two RBIs.  Alex Presley went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and an RBI.

Bradenton lost 2-1 to Daytona in extra innings.  Bryan Morris made another excellent start, pitching six shutout innings, and allowing just three hits, one walk, and striking out four.  Morris now has a 0.66 ERA in 40.2 innings.  He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 29 innings of work.  He has also yet to allow more than one walk in any appearances this season, with a 36:5 K/BB ratio.  Casey Erickson allowed a run on two hits in two innings of work, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Noah Krol picked up the loss, allowing one run in two innings of work.

Bradenton’s offense had a lot of hits, but didn’t capitalize on the chances.  Brock Holt went 3-for-4 with a walk from the leadoff spot, but didn’t score a single run.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-5 with a double.  Tony Sanchez went 1-for-5 with the only run of the game.  Jeremy Farrell went 1-for-3 with the only RBI.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-4.

West Virginia lost 5-2 to Kannapolis.  Hunter Strickland pitched five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Strickland started out the year struggling, but has gone three starts without allowing a walk, which is an improvement.  Still, he should be dominating the level, considering the success we saw from him last year at the same level.  Maurice Bankston struggled, allowing three runs in two innings of work.  Brandon Holden and Duke Welker each pitched a shutout inning in relief.

West Virginia’s offense was limited to two players.  Jarek Cunningham went 3-for-4 with a double, but failed to score a single run.  Jesus Brito went 2-for-4 with a homer, his fourth of the season, and both runs scored for West Virginia.  Wes Freeman went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and struck out three times.  Evan Chambers went 0-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third base from center field.  Kyle Morgan went 0-for-2 with two walks.

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