Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/6/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Indianapolis beat Louisville 9-7.  Jeremy Powell got the start, allowing four runs, three earned on seven hits in six innings, with no walks and five strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos pitched two innings, allowing a run on three hits, with one walk and two strikeouts.  Jean Machi pitched one inning, allowing two runs on three hits, with two homers allowed.

Jeff Clement went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.  Clement was back to playing first base tonight.  Brandon Moss went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBIs.  Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-3 with a solo homer.  Erik Kratz went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Jim Negrych went 1-for-4 with two runs scored.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Altoona lost 11-6 to Binghamton.  Tim Alderson had a bad start, allowing eight runs on nine hits in three innings, with three walks, three strikeouts, and two homers allowed.  Alderson made it to the fourth, but only pitched to three batters, getting no outs, before leaving.  Tony Watson came on and allowed two inherited runners to score, before getting out of the inning.  Watson allowed one run of his own on two hits in three innings, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Michael Dubee pitched two shutout innings, with three hits, a walk, and a strikeout.  Anthony Claggett allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work.  Claggett last pitched two days ago in Indianapolis.

Josh Harrison went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI.  Gorkys Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run.  Miles Durham went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Bradenton was scheduled to play a double header against Palm Beach, but only got one game in.  The Marauders beat Palm Beach 9-0 in that seven inning game.  Aaron Pribanic pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out five.  Tyler Cox pitched two innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out four.

Calvin Anderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-2 with a double, a run, and two RBIs.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-3 with a double, a run, and an RBI.  Erik Huber went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.  Jose de los Santos went 1-for-3 with two runs, a walk, and a stolen base.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
West Virginia beat Hagerstown 7-3.  Nathan Baker had an outstanding start, pitching eight no-hit innings, with no walks allowed and eight strikeouts.  Baker had a 13:3 GO/AO ratio, and needed only 93 pitches to get through eight innings.  Gabriel Alvarado came on for the ninth inning and gave up the no hitter and the shutout, allowing three runs on four hits.

Ramon Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Aaron Baker went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and an RBI.  Evan Chambers went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs, and an RBI.  Jarek Cunningham went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (A, Short Season)
State College beat Hudson Valley 5-4 in ten innings.  Quinton Miller made a rehab start, his first appearance in almost three months.  Miller pitched 2.2 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, with a walk and two strikeouts.  Kevin Decker pitched 5.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out six.  Jason Townsend pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, to get his first professional win.

Justin Bencsko went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs, including the winning run in the bottom of the tenth.  That came on a Gift Ngoepe single.  Walker Gourley went 2-for-4 with a triple.  Adalberto Santos went 2-for-5 with a double, a stolen base, a run, and an RBI.  Chase Lyles went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI.  Kelson Brown went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

GCL Pirates (RK, Short Season)
The GCL Pirates swept a double header today against the GCL Phillies.  The Pirates won game one 8-4.  Joely Rodriguez pitched five innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits, with no walks and a strikeout.  Yerfi Taveras pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts for the save.

Exicardo Cayonez went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Elias Diaz went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs.  Jorge Bishop went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs, and an RBI.  Junior Sosa went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.  Starling Marte went 1-for-2 with a run and a stolen base in a rehab appearance.  Kevin Mort went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.

The Pirates won game two 4-3.  Joan Montero pitched three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Yeyber Sanchez pitched three innings, allowing one run on two hits, with two walks and a strikeout.  Jarryd Sullivan pitched a shutout inning in his first appearance since being demoted from State College, with one walk allowed.

Exicardo Cayonez went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI, capping off a 7-for-7 day.  Joey Schoenfeld went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Gregory Polanco went 2-for-3 with a double, a run, an RBI, and a stolen base.  Junior Sosa went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run.

VSL PIRATES (RK)
The VSL Pirates were off today.
DSL PIRATES (RK)
The DSL Pirates results weren’t uploaded.
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  • Lee Young

    So far, nothing ‘out there’, but junk.

    I just wished we had a guy like StL’s Matt Adams to call up. A 22nd rd pick who looks ‘hitterish’ with power and average. But, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    sigh

    .

  • http://twitter.com/RandyLinville Randy Linville

    Problem is that the Pirates are desperate due to a general lack of smarts.

    • dropkickmurphys

      That and an apparent aversion to power hitters.

  • dropkickmurphys

    Not that I think they should go after Lind but how do you knock going after Lind while defending Barmes and Barajas?

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

      Do you mean before the season, or now?

      • dropkickmurphys

        When you supported both acquisitions.

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

          Because I think Barmes and Barajas provide positive value at their positions defensively, while Lind can only do one thing, hit homers.

          Which would you rather have?

          .701 OPS shortstop with good defense
          .699 OPS catcher with decent defense
          .700-.750 OPS first baseman with no defense

          Also, they didn’t have an option at catcher, and they didn’t have an option at shortstop. They’ve got guys who can do what Lind can do.

          • dropkickmurphys

            My answer is the same as its always been. None of them. The .701 shortstop had the benefit of playing in Coors Field. His defense is spotty. And he cost more than he’s worth. I said it then, its true now.

            Same with the .699 OPS catcher. He’s a one trick pony, power hitter, whose defense has also been spotty. He can’t throw out anyone. And apparently has a short term memory issue.

            Yes, I agree, we shouldn’t get Lind for the same reasons.

            My answer, and the right answer has always been, none of the above.

            As I wrote in the off season, this team will fail with or without someone else’s rejects. That being the case, and it is the case, we should go with internal options.

            • http://twitter.com/RandyLinville Randy Linville

              What amazes me is that five years into the tenure of this FO and 25% of the way through the 2012 season, the Pirates rank 14th or worse in the NL in OPS at six positions – C, 1B, 2B, SS, LF and RF. We have a seventh position (pitcher) that I won’t count that we rank 15th in.

              The answer to ‘which would you rather have’ posed above is, indeed, none of the above. The answer is this club should have (at worst) replacement level players in the farm system. The fact that they don’t (or the FO doesn’t seem to think they do) is unacceptable.

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

                Clint Barmes was a 3.1 WAR player last year. He’s been around 2.0 for most of his career. Rod Barajas had a 1.6 WAR last year, and he’s been around a 1 WAR for the last few years. These are hardly replacement level guys.

                • http://twitter.com/RandyLinville Randy Linville

                  I hear you and I don’t disagree – Barmes and Barajas might well have been the best outside options available based on their career level performance. But if all the FO is doing is looking at player performance history to determine if they should sign someone, they are doing the owners, the players and the fans a great disservice. I’m pretty sure I could sign players simply based on that. What we need – what they should be doing, what I would think they would be doing – is some kind of projection as to how that past performance combined with their age, the ball park, the expected performance of other players on the team (etc etc) will translate into the coming season. How many veterans have come through Pittsburgh on this FO’s watch only to flame out and become replacement level players that we somehow can’t replace with guys in our own system? If they are using some statistical analysis (or whatever it might be – a Magic 8 Ball, a Ouija board) to project the coming season, it continues to miss badly.

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