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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/2/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Lehigh Valley 5-4.  Michael Crotta made his first start at the AAA level, and picked up right where he left off from his AA success.  Crotta went seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts to get the win.  Steven Jackson allowed a run in 0.2 innings of work, then Wilfredo Ledezma got the save, pitching 1.1 perfect innings with two strikeouts.

Jose Tabata and Neil Walker led the Indianapolis offense tonight.  Walker went 2-for-3 with a triple, his fourth home run of the season, and three RBIs.  Tabata went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs, and three stolen bases, giving him 12 on the season.  Walker also stole a base.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona beat Harrisburg 6-1 in what was probably Stephen Strasburg’s final start at the AA level.  Strasburg went 4.2 innings, allowing six hits, four runs, three earned, three walks, and four strikeouts.  Strasburg has made five starts at the AA level, and the only team to score an earned run off of him has been Altoona, getting four earned runs in two outings, and eight runs total.  Alex Presley went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Jordy Mercer went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a walk, a run, and an RBI.

On the pitching side, Justin Wilson returned to action after being skipped over in his last scheduled appearance.  Wilson pitched four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.  The bullpen was excellent, with Michael Dubee pitching three perfect innings with a strikeout, followed by two perfect innings from Ronald Uviedo with one strikeout.  This obviously means Dubee has been returned back to Altoona from Indianapolis.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost 3-1 to Charlotte.  Aaron Pribanic made the start, allowing three runs on 11 hits in six innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Pribanic has struggled in his jump to high-A, with a 5.87 ERA in 23 innings of work.  His ratios don’t look bad, with a 15:6 K/BB ratio, two homers allowed, and a 2.12 groundout to flyout ratio.  Tom Boleska closed out the game with three shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out three.

The Bradenton offense had an off night, with just five hits.  Jeremy Farrell went 1-for-4 with a double and the only RBI of the game.  Quincy Latimore scored the run, going 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Starling Marte went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.  Austin McClune and Greg Picart also went 1-for-4.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia lost 9-1 to Greenville.  Kyle McPherson got hit hard, allowing seven runs, five earned, in 4.1 innings, with eight hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.  McPherson also allowed two home runs.  Marc Baca allowed a run in 1.2 innings of work, followed by Duke Welker, who allowed one run in two innings, with four walks and one strikeout.

Aaron Baker led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double.  Evan Chambers went 1-for-4 with a walk.  Rogelios Noris went 1-for-4 with the only run of the game.  David Rubinstein went 1-for-3, getting the only other West Virginia hit.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 0-for-4, but had the only RBI.  Jesus Brito went 0-for-2 with two walks.

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