Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/18/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3-0 thanks to an excellent outing by Donald Veal.  Veal pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts.  Veal has a 4.23 ERA on the season in 44.2 innings, but has a 35:19 K/BB ratio, which is much improved over his control issues in the past.  Anthony Claggett pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout, followed by a perfect inning and two strikeouts from Brian Bass to close things out.

Jose Tabata led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Tabata also stole two bases, giving him 19 on the season.  Brian Myrow went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.  Neil Walker went 1-for-2 with a walk.  Brian Friday went 1-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, and a run.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 2-0 to Akron.  Justin Wilson had another good start, with two runs allowed in 5.2 innings.  Wilson allowed five hits, one walk, and struck out six.  Tony Watson pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out one.  Ronald Uviedo pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit, and striking out one.

The Altoona offense was totally shut down, managing only one hit.  That came from Gorkys Hernandez, who went 1-for-3 with a walk.  Seven players drew eight walks in the game.  Josh Harrison was the only player to draw two walks, and also had a stolen base.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton won 5-1 against Dunedin in 10 innings, thanks to some late inning production from Quincy Latimore.  Latimore went 1-for-5 on the day, but his one hit was a big one, with a grand slam in the tenth inning.  Brock Holt went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Calvin Anderson went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  Erik Huber also went 1-for-3 with a double and a run.  James Skelton went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run, and an RBI.

Nathan Adcock continued his impressive run, pitching six innings and allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  The bullpen came up big tonight, with two perfect innings by Mike Colla, with two strikeouts.  Diego Moreno pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, to get the win.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia split a double header with Delmarva.  The Power won the first game 8-3.  Nathan Baker got the start, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Maurice Bankston got the win, pitching two perfect innings in relief.  Ramon Cabrera led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs.  Evan Chambers went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

West Virginia lost game two by a score of 6-2.  Brandon Holden got the start, allowing two runs on two hits in three innings of work, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Gabriel Alvarado pitched two innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, with two strikeouts.  Ryan Kelly allowed three runs in two innings of work.  The West Virginia offense only managed one hit, with Aaron Baker going 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Jesus Brito went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run.  Evan Chambers went 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
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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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