Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/28/10


Indianapolis beat Toledo 6-5, thanks to a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth by Kevin Melillo.  Melillo went 1-for-4 with the solo homer being his only hit of the night.  Jim Negrych went 2-for-4 with a run, two steals, and two RBIs.  Jeff Cement went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.  Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Brian Burres went five innings, allowing one run on three hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Anthony Claggett allowed three runs on two hits in 1.1 innings.  All three of those runs scored with Daniel Moskos on the mound.  Moskos got the last two outs in the seventh, but not before allowing two walks and a hit, and the three inherited runners to score.  Vinnie Chulk pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.  Jean Machi blew the lead in the ninth, allowing a solo homer to tie the game, but ended up getting credit for the win thanks to Melillo.

Altoona lost 7-6 to Binghamton, allowing six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Bryan Morris got the start, and had a great outing, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.  Michael Dubee added a perfect inning in relief to take it to the ninth.  Diego Moreno had trouble, allowing five runs on three hits, with two walks, a strikeout, and a home run allowed, getting just one out.  Jeff Sues allowed two of those runs to score, then was credited with allowing the winning run.

Matt Hague went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, plus a walk.  Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-5.  Josh Harrison went 1-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Jordy Mercer went 3-for-5.

Bradenton beat Fort Myers 14-4.  Jeff Locke had a good start, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.  Matt McSwain pitched 3.1 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  McSwain left two runners on in the ninth, but Tyler Cox came on to close out the game, getting the final two outs.

Robbie Grossman went 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, and four RBIs.  Calvin Anderson went 3-for-5 with two doubles.  Erik Huber went 4-for-5 with three runs scored.  Greg Picart went 2-for-4 with a triple, three runs, and two RBIs.  Jose De Los Santos went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.  Eric Fryer went 2-for-6 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base.

West Virginia lost to Greensboro 5-3.  Brandon Holden pitched seven innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Maurice Bankston pitched a perfect inning with three strikeouts.

David Rubinstein went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Elevys Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Jarek Cunningham went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.

Short Season)
State College lost to Jamestown 8-3.  Zach Von Rosenberg pitched four innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, with two walks and one strikeout.  Von Rosenberg’s numbers don’t look good to start the year, although they’re probably a result of a heavy fastball diet in the lower levels.  The Pirates have stressed fastball command at the lower levels for the last two years, and I don’t expect that to change this year.  ZVR has just three walks allowed in his 12 innings this year, which demonstrates his control.  Trent Stevenson allowed three runs on five hits in three innings, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Jarryd Sullivan pitched a perfect inning.

Matt Skirving went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.  Justin Bencsko went 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Kelson Brown went 2-for-4.  Chase Lyles went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Tigers 15-13 in 10 innings.  Colton Cain got the start, allowing three runs on five hits in 2.2 innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Joan Montero allowed four unearned runs on four hits in two innings of work, with four walks and one strikeout.  Barrett Phillips allowed two runs on two hits in 2.1 innings of work.  Rinku Singh allowed two runs on three hits in two innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Sheng-Cin Hong allowed two runs in an inning of work to close out the game.

Gregory Polanco went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and six RBIs.  Junior Sosa went 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs, and a stolen base.  Jorge Bishop went 3-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs.  Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Eric Avila went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run.  Daan Cornelissen went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs, and an RBI.

The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Mariners 9-5.  Francisco Vilchez pitched four innings, allowing five runs on seven hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Jesus Barraza pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks.  Barraza has now gone 15.2 innings without allowing a run, allowing eight hits in that span.  The two walks tonight were his first of the season.  Luis Figuera added 1.2 perfect innings with one strikeout.

Kelly Aponte went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.  Aponte really struggled to start the season, striking out 20 times in his first 45 at-bats, including getting benched for a few games.  Since the benching, Aponte has hit for a .333/.324/.424 line, and more importantly, has struck out just six times in 33 at-bats.  He has yet to draw a walk during that span, and only has three on the season, so there’s still work to be done for the big first baseman.  Ashley Ponce went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.  Carlos Esqueda went 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases.

The DSL Pirates beat the DSL Red Sox 5-3.  Martires Cadet pitched four innings, allowing one run on one hit, with three walks and two strikeouts.  Brayan Almonte pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing no hits, but walking six and striking out one.  Cristopher Richardson pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Aneudy Merejo closed things out with two perfect innings.

Jesus Vasquez went 1-for-3 with a solo homer.  Alen Hanson went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Jodaneli Carvajal went 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Yeffrey Jaquez went 3-for-4 with two doubles.  Samuel Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a run, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Willy Garcia went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

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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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