Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/13/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Rochester 8-3.  Donald Veal got the start, only lasting 4.2 innings, and allowing three runs on six hits.  Veal struck out six and walked one, although he did hit three batters.  Justin Thomas got the win, pitching 2.1 perfect innings, with one strikeout.  Steven Jackson also pitched a perfect inning in relief, and Vinnie Chulk followed that up with a shutout inning, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out one.

Neil Walker had a big game, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  Erik Kratz went 3-for-3 with a homer, his third of the season, and three RBIs.  Brandon Moss went 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season.  Kevin Melillo went 3-for-5 with a double, a run, and an RBI batting from the leadoff spot and playing center field.  Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a strikeout.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 4-2 to Richmond.  I was at the game, and did a recap in this post.
BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton beat Daytona 3-2.  Nathan Adcock had another nice start, going six innings and allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts.  Adcock now has a 3.05 ERA on the season in 38.1 innings of work, with a very impressive 42:7 K/BB ratio.  Tom Boleska pitched two perfect innings in relief.  Noah Krol pitched the ninth inning, but allowed a run to blow the save.  He ended up getting the win when Bradenton scored in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Brock Holt went 1-for-3 with a double, a run, and two walks.  Eric Fryer went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.  Robbie Grossman went 0-for-2 with a walk and the other RBI.  Grossman got the RBI by being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the ninth inning for a walk off hit-by-pitch.  That was after a pinch hit single by Tony Sanchez, a single by Greg Picart, and an intentional walk to Brock Holt loaded the bases.  Grossman also stole his seventh base of the season.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 5-2 to Hagerstown.  Kyle McPherson got the loss, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings of work, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Brandon Holden allowed two runs in two innings of relief work, followed by a shutout inning by Duke Welker, who allowed just one walk and struck out one.

Evan Chambers went 3-for-4, with all three hits being singles.  Chambers also recorded an outfield assist, nailing a runner at third base.  Chambers has been on fire in the month of May, with a .349 average in 43 at-bats, plus a .472 OBP and a .488 slugging percentage.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-3 with a home run, his first of the season.  Jose Hernandez went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, bringing in Ramon Cabrera.  Aaron Baker was the only other player to get a hit, going 1-for-4.

Victor Black will be making his debut for West Virginia in a start on Sunday, according to John Fredland.

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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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