Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/13/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeffrey Inman (3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (3-for-4, BB, RBI)

Home Runs: Dusty Brown (2), Gift Ngoepe (1)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Brown went 2-for-4 with a homer today.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 10, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Dusty Brown (2-for-4, 1 HR)

Notes: Indianapolis didn’t get a great performance from their pitching staff tonight, losing 10-4.  Sean Gallagher (0-2, 8.00) had a rough start, allowing five runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.  Justin Thomas (3.18) allowed two more runs in two innings.  Daniel Moskos (0.00) was the only pitcher who didn’t allow a run, pitching a perfect inning, and striking out one.  Chris Leroux (15.00) allowed three runs in an inning of work.

The offense got a lot of production, but not when it counted, leaving ten men stranded.  Dusty Brown (.333) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his second homer of the year.  Andrew Lambo (.167) went 3-for-4 with a double.  Andy Marte (.182), Alex Presley (.483), and Corey Wimberly (.444) all had multi-hit games.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Holt had a three hit game today.

Box Score

Result: Akron 3, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brock Holt (3-for-4, BB, RBI)

Notes: Altoona lost a one run game, falling 3-2 to the Akron Zips after failing at a ninth inning comeback.  Jeremy Farrell (.423) started the inning reaching on a fielding error, and moved to second on a passed ball.  He eventually scored on a Brock Holt (.333) single, putting Altoona behind 3-2.  Starling Marte (.367) followed with a single, putting runners at first and second with two outs.  However, Jordy Mercer (.115) left them stranded, striking out to end the game.  Holt and Farrell provided the bulk of the offense, combining for five of Altoona’s six hits, and two of their five walks.

Jeff Locke (0-2, 1.93) got the start, allowing two runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings, with a walk and six strikeouts.  Locke took the loss, due to a lack of support.  Anthony Claggett (9.00) allowed one run on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings.  Tom Boleska (0.00) pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out one.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Inman pitched three shutout innings today.

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 9, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain (4.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos (3-for-4, 2B)

Notes: Matt McSwain (1-1, 4.00) and Eliecer Navarro (12.27) combined to allow nine runs in five innings, which put Bradenton behind in this game.  McSwain gave up seven runs, four earned, in four innings.  Navarro followed that up with two runs in an inning of work.  Jeffrey Inman (0.00) followed them with three shutout innings, allowing three hits.  So far this season, Inman has five shutout innings, with five hits allowed, no walks, and one strikeout.  Diego Moreno (0.00) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Three Bradenton hitters had three-hit games.  Robbie Grossman (.240) went 3-for-5 with a run.  Ramon Cabrera (.615) went 3-for-4 with a run.  Adalberto Santos (.500) went 3-for-4 with a double.  David Rubinstein (.455) went 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base, his third of the year.  Kelson Brown (.154) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Ngoepe hit his first home run of the 2011 season.

Box Score

Result: Asheville 13, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton (4.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Gift Ngoepe (1-for-4, HR)

Notes: The West Virginia pitching staff was hit hard tonight.  Brandon Cumpton (0-2, 15.75) had his second rough outing in a row, allowing seven runs on seven hits in four innings.  Kevin Decker (6.00) followed that up by allowing four runs on five hits in three innings.  Zach Foster (6.75) topped it all off with two runs in two innings of work.

The offense didn’t give them much support.  Gift Ngoepe (.154) hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot.  Matt Curry (.556) had the only other West Virginia hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Dan Grovatt (.250) went 0-for-2 with a walk, a run, and a stolen base.

Tim Williams

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  • http://twitter.com/pskell02 Patrick Kelly

    Dusty Brown needs to move up to #3 on the catchers depth chart. JJ is awful and Dusty appears to equal with the glove and better with the bat.

    I think that Curry needs a promotion ASAP. The guy is knocking the cover off the ball so far and IMO should have started the season in Bradenton.

    Also, glad to see Inman pitching well. He could be a real diamond in the lower levels if he can live up to his potential pre-injuries.

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

      With Curry, I don’t expect a promotion this soon, but I could see Curry and Baker both moving up early in the season if they continue their current pace. The Pirates want both getting regular time at first base, and want Baker ended up in Altoona by the end of the year. I think both will spent at least a month at the level, possibly moving up in mid-May if they’re still tearing the cover off the ball.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

    Gallagher can’t even pitch in AAA, why don’t we just release him?