Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/24/10


Indianapolis beat Durham 9-1, led by a great outing by Charlie Morton.  Morton pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  According to Indians’ broadcaster Scott McCauley, nothing was hit hard, the one run came on an infield hit to third, and Morton retired the final 14 batters.

Brandon Moss broke the game open with a grand slam in the eighth inning, going 2-for-5 on the day.  Erik Kratz went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Argenis Diaz went 1-for-4 with three RBIs.  Brian Myrow went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two runs.

It was announced tonight that Daniel Moskos and Alex Presley have been promoted to Indianapolis.

Altoona beat Portland 7-4.  Jared Hughes pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Tony Watson got the save, pitching two shutout innings, with one hit allowed, no walks, and five strikeouts.

Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, and three RBIs.  Alex Presley went 3-for-4 with a run scored in his last game for Altoona.  Shelby Ford went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4 with two runs, a walk, and two steals.  Miles Durham went 1-for-3 with a triple, and an RBI.

Bradenton beat Jupiter 6-1.  Aaron Pribanic had a nice outing, pitching eight innings, and allowing one run on ten hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Pribanic has looked good in his last two outings, allowing three runs in 13 innings, although both outings were against Jupiter.  Ramon Aguero closed out the game with a shutout inning, allowing one hit.

Calvin Anderson led the offense, going 2-for-5 with a three run homer.  Anderson started off the season with a poor month of April, hitting for a .239/.321/.352 line, and one homer in 71 at-bats.  Since then he’s been on fire, with a .305/.372/.486 line, and eight homers in 177 at-bats, which is a pace for 25 homers in a 550 at-bat season.  Anderson is definitely deserving of a promotion, and Altoona has room.  Austin McClune went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

West Virginia lost 7-6 to Greensboro.  Kyle McPherson pitched five innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Maurice Bankston allowed three runs in two innings of work.  Zach Foster allowed one run in an inning of work, getting the loss.

Jose Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Evan Chambers went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run, and his 18th stolen base of the season.  David Rubinstein went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, plus a stolen base.  Ramon Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run.

State College lost 9-5 to Jamestown.  Zack Dodson got the start, allowing three runs on six hits in 3.2 innings, with two walks and one strikeout.  Zac Fuesser went 1.1 innings, allowing two runs,
one earned, on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Fuesser also allowed an inherited runner to score in the fourth.  Jhonatan Ramos had a nice outing, pitching three shutout innings with no hits, one walk, and three strikeouts in his first outing since being demoted from West Virginia.  Sandobal Septimo allowed four runs in an inning of work to get the loss.

Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Kyle Saukko went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Kelson Brown went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Phillies 11-1.  Fraylin Campos went five innings in his first start in the United States, allowing one run on three hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Campos pitched 71.1 innings in the Dominican Summer League last year, with a 2.27 ERA and a 92:24 K/BB ratio.  Joely Rodriguez added four shutout innings, with four hits allowed, and two strikeouts.

Eric Avila led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs, two stolen bases, and four runs scored.  Exicardo Cayonez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Kevin Mort went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.  Junior Sosa went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base.

The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Phillies 7-4.  Roberto Espinoza went 5.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs on five hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Jose Marrujo allowed two runs on two hits in 2.2 innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Raul Ruiz pitched a shutout inning with one hit allowed.

Francisco Aponte went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Jose Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Kelly Aponte went 1-for-3 with an RBI.  Luis Cardona went 0-for-2 with two walks, two runs, and a stolen base.  Carlos Esqueda went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

The DSL Pirates were off today.

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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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