Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/29/10


Jim Negrych


Indianapolis beat Syracuse 4-1.  Jeremy Powell pitched 8.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Justin Thomas got the final out of the game for the save.

Jim Negrych went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBIs.  Brian Friday went 1-for-3 with two runs and two walks, plus a stolen base.  Doug Bernier went 1-for-2 with two walks, a run, and an RBI.  Alex Presley went 1-for-4 with a run scored.


Rudy Owens


Altoona lost to Richmond 4-1.  Rudy Owens pitched a great game, going six innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, with one walk and nine strikeouts.  Ramon Aguero pitched an inning, allowing two runs on two hits, with a walk and a strikeout.  Mike Colla pitched a shutout inning, allowing a hit and striking out two.

Brandon Jones went 2-for-4.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-4.  Rudy Owens helped himself by going 1-for-2 with a double, and a run scored.


Shelby Ford

Bradenton beat Lakeland 18-5.  Brian Leach pitched five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, with a walk and five strikeouts.  Craig Hansen started his rehab work, allowing two runs on a hit and three walks, getting just one out.  Casey Erickson pitched 2.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Noah Krol pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit and striking out two.

Shelby Ford went 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, three runs, and three RBIs.  Eric Fryer went 3-for-5 with a triple, three runs, and three RBIs.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Jordan Newton went 3-for-6 with four RBIs.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-4 with a double, two runs, and two RBIs.


Phillip Irwin

West Virginia lost to Lakewood 7-6.  Phillip Irwin pitched 5.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits, with two walks and nine strikeouts.  Marc Baca allowed three runs on five hits, getting just one out.  Maurice Bankston pitched 2.1 shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit and striking out three.  Eliecer Navarro got the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in the bottom of the ninth.

Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  David Rubinstein went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  Evan Chambers went 0-for-2 with three walks, a run, and an RBI.  Jairo Marquez went 2-for-4.  Benjamin Gonzalez went 2-for-4.



State College lost to Williamsport 1-0.  Zac Fuesser pitched four shutout innings, allowing no hits, four walks, and striking out four.  Mitchell Fienemann pitched three innings, allowing an unearned run on no hits and one walk.  Jhonatan Ramos allowed the only hits of the game, pitching a shutout inning with two hits and a walk.

Pat Irvine and Cole White had the only State College hits, with each going 1-for-3.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)

The GCL Pirates lost to the GCL Phillies 1-0 in a game that only lasted five innings.  Joely Rodriguez pitched 1.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, with no walks and one strikeout.  Kevin Kleis pitched 2.2 shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk.

Starling Marte went 1-for-2 with a double.  Elias Diaz, Kevin Mort, and Gregory Polanco also each went 1-for-2.


The VSL Pirates beat the VSL Phillies 12-5.  Orlando Castro pitched five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Jesus Barraza pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out one.  Jovany Lopez pitched one inning, allowing three runs on four hits.  Oderman Rocha pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

Jose Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored.  Jose Roman went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a run, and two RBIs.  David Pino went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBIs.  Luis Cardona went 5-for-6 with two doubles, two runs, and three RBIs.  Richard Montilla went 2-for-4 with two walks, a run, and an RBI.


The DSL Pirates beat the DSL Dodgers 12-9.  Arquimedes Lorenzo pitched five innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with three walks and two strikeouts.  Cristopher Richardson pitched three innings, allowing three runs on five hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Diego Goris went 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBIs.  Samuel Gonzalez went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two walks, and three RBIs.  alen Hanson went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs, and a walk.  Jodaneli Carvajal went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.

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  • Richard Ya’Zhynka

    Anybody in the organization who has a .365 MLB career on-base percentage should already be in Pittsburgh. There is no rule against having three catchers on the 25-man roster. McGehee could be released or either Navarro or Hernandez could be sent to Indy.

    • Ian Rothermund

      My only comment to that would be, if he’s going to be the back up regardless, what kind of value is he really going to bring over the course of the season. At that point I think you have to compare him and McKenry defensively…and I’m not sure what the result of that would be.

  • SweetNick

    Watson has not been impressive, and with an open place on the 40 man I think Slaton will be called up with Watson going out. As for Morales and McHenry it’s anyone’s guess.

    • Ian Rothermund

      So far Watson has been a valuable asset to the bullpen.

      That can be seen through his era, strand rate, and k/bb ratio. He even has a lower baa against with righties, and he’s not doing too badly against lefties. Consider all that with the fact that he’s had a better May than April, and that Slaten if he comes in will basically only be able to be a lefty specialist. I’ll stick with Watson throwing how he is now (92-95) and his stats only being in his second season over an old man that’s already had his chance and has only shown that he has no staying power.

      • SweetNick

        You are right Ian. I didn’t check Watson’s raw numbers before I posted. It seemed to me that he was doing worse than he really is. Must be watching every time he struggles.

  • leadoff

    IMO, the Pirates have a lot player movement decisions coming up in about a month, they don’t really have 3 starting outfielders for the major league club, they have a surplus of pitching, I would not be surprised if they don’t try to trade Slaten this week, Morales is a valuable backup catcher, we know what happened last year with catchers. But McGee, Navarro, Jones have to be considered trade or release pieces, Navarro probably going back to AAA. I guess they offered McClouth AAA, but he turned it down.

  • st1300b

    Morales and Slaten are doing fine where they are, but that doesn’t mean there is a spot for them on the MLB roster. If they find another opportunity the club should let them go, just like Philly did with Grilli to us – wish them well.

  • Bill Verno

    Any news on Morales? Is he going to opt-out or will they recall him tomorrow?

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