Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/19/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis lost to Lehigh Valley 10-8.  Dana Eveland pitched 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Brian Bass pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos allowed a run on three hits, getting two outs.  Wilfredo Ledezma pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and striking out two.  Jean Machi allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of work.

Brandon Moss went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.  Jeff Clement went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs.  Alex Presley went 5-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Jason Jaramillo went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost to Akron 4-1.  Rudy Owens pitched five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Michael Dubee pitched two innings, allowing a run on three hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Derek Hankins pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

Chase d’Arnaud, Gorkys Hernandez, and Josh Harrison all went 1-for-4 from the top of the order.  Hector Gimenez went 1-for-4 with a double.  Anthony Norman went 2-for-3.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton lost to Tampa 11-4.  Brian Leach pitched 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Duke Welker allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in an inning of work.  Tom Boleska pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.  Tyler Cox pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Robbie Grossman went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.  Quincy Latimore went 1-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  Jose de los Santos went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia was off today.
STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)
State College beat Auburn 14-5.  Tyler Waldron pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out five.  Ryan Beckman pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out two.  Teddy Fallon pitched 1.2 innings, allowing five unearned runs on a hit and four walks.

Chase Lyles went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.  Adalberto Santos went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and three RBIs.  Matt Curry went 1-for-4 with two RBIs.  Pat Irvine went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and three runs scored.  Kelson Brown went 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates beat the GCL Braves 11-3.  Vincent Payne pitched four innings, allowing a run on three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Bryton Trepagnier got his first professional win, pitching two shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.  Joan Montero allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in two innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Dinesh Patel pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Michael Trinidad went 4-for-5 with a double, two homers, and seven RBIs.  Jorge Bishop went 4-for-6 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.  Exicardo Cayonez went 2-for-6 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Kevin Mort went 5-for-6 with two runs scored.  Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Mariners 4-3 in 12 innings.  Roberto Espinoza pitched six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Jesus Barraza pitched a shutout inning, allowing two hits.  Luis Figuera pitched 0.2 innings, allowing a run on two hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Jose Marrujo pitched three shutout innings, allowing a hit and striking out three.

David Pino went 3-for-6 with a double and a run.  Jose Ozuna went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs.  Jordan Galvez went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and two RBIs.  Jose Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.

DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates lost to the DSL Royals 6-4.  Jonathan Herrand pitched five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Clario Perez pitched two innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Aneudy Merejo allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in two innings.

Samuel Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with a stolen base.  Maximo Rivera went 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base.  Alen Hanson went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and two steals.  Jodaneli Carvajal went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.

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  • Lee Young

    It’d be nice if Barmes would play up to his career avg.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JO367K4F26RVVFL2SUP6OFYNDM j_yovan

    Can we get an article outlining how Barmes in NOT playing to expectations? You know, for objectivity’s sake?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      I’ve written about Barmes a few times. Do you want a daily update?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/JO367K4F26RVVFL2SUP6OFYNDM j_yovan

        that would be awesome.

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          Well it’s not going to happen.

          • dropkickmurphys

            Can we get a similar post (like this one), telling us, in your opinion, if Barmes is playing up to expectations. If not, can you give us a response in this thread, if you think he is playing up to expectations.

            • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

              Have you missed all of my articles about how Jordy Mercer should be close to coming up?

              • dropkickmurphys

                I guess I did. I don’t get over here as much as I should.

  • j_yovan

    ok

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    Barajas is hitting .220. I have higher expectations than that. You can get journeymen minor leaguers to hit that, for a much lower price.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      OPS is much more valuable than average.

      • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

        Which still doesn’t mean he’s hitting worthwhile. Barajas current OPS is .672. McKenry(who went deep last night) is .694. McKenry was rummaged out of the scrap pile, as Barajas should have been. No need to give a guy that old, with defense that bad, with the track record he has, that kind of money. Who were the Pirates bidding against? ML jobs are valuable, even in Pittsburgh. There are plenty of AAAA guys who’d love to get a chance.

        • dropkickmurphys

          Agreed, his mid-80s OPS+ tells us everything we need to know about Barajas’s offensive contribution. McKenry is doing more than that, at much less cost.

          Defensively, Barajas is also sub-standard. In today’s game he tried to back hand a pitch and whiffed. This isn’t the first time that he’s half butted on defense. He’s thrown out 2 of 20 base stealers. That is horrible.

          When statistical analysis fails, apologists fall back to intangibles, in this case like pitch calling. We know, by Barajas’s own admission, he forgot what pitch he called in a recent game. Furthermore, the pitch calling abilities of a catcher are always blown out of proportion. Watch a game, much of the time, the catcher is looking to the dugout for the next pitch call.

          To write that Barajas is providing what was expected is either an admission that the acquisition was poor to start with. Or, its a dumbing down of standards that warrants its own blog post.

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