Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/14/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI)

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (1), Aaron Baker (2)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Harrison had two hits and a walk.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 HR)

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison (2-for-3, BB, R)

Notes: Justin Wilson (0-1, 4.50) was off to a good start until the sixth inning, when he allowed two of his three home runs on the day, putting Louisville up 4-1 at the time.  Wilson had much better results with his control, with just one walk, and 58 of his 87 pitches going for strikes.  Dan Meyer (0.00) came on to pitch a shutout inning, allowing just one hit.  Tony Watson (2.08) got the final two outs in the game.

The offense didn’t help Wilson much.  Josh Harrison (.286) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.  Andy Marte (.192) and Andrew Lambo (.179) each went 1-for-4 with a double.  Wilson helped himself out with a double and an RBI, giving Indianapolis their first run in the fifth inning.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Thompson pitched six shutout innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 0

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Brad Chalk (3-for-4)

Notes: Altoona got another great start from Aaron Thompson (2-0, 0.75), leading to a 2-0 victory over the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  Thompson, who allowed one run on one hit in six innings in his first start of the year, pitched six shutout innings tonight, allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out five.  Combined, he has allowed one run on three hits in 12 innings this season, with a 7:2 K/BB ratio.

Jordy Mercer (.133) went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the 2011 season.  Miles Durham (.074) and Quincy Latimore (.240) each had a double.  Brad Chalk (.200) went 3-for-4.  Starling Marte (.364) went 1-for-3 with his third stolen base of the 2011 season.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Baker went 2-for-3 with a home run.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, Fort Myers 7

Starting Pitcher: Jose Ascanio (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI)

Notes: Bradenton held off a late comeback by Fort Myers to hold on to a one run victory.  Jose Ascanio (10.13) got the start, making a rehab appearance.  Ascanio pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit.  Quinton Miller (1-1, 15.95) came on next and pitched four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Miller got the win, thanks to the Bradenton offense.  Duke Welker (6.23) allowed one run on two hits in an inning of work.  Jhonathan Ramos (0.00) pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit.  Diego Moreno (5.40) gave up two runs in the ninth, before closing out the game for the save.

Aaron Baker (.476) led the offense, going 2-for-3 with a homer, his second of the year, and four RBIs.  Robbie Grossman (.276) went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.  David Rubinstein (.440) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, two runs, and an RBI.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Grovatt went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Asheville 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser (4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt (3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R)

Notes: Zac Fuesser (0.00) got the start for West Virginia, pitching four shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out five.  Trent Stevenson (0-2, 10.38) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in two innings, with all four runs coming in the fifth inning.  Jason Townsend (0.00) had an impressive outing, pitching two perfect innings with three strikeouts.  The hard throwing Townsend, who normally has control issues, has now pitched four shutout innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Dan Grovatt (.350) was pretty much the entire offense today.  Grovatt went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored.  The only other West Virginia hitters that got a hit were Justin Howard (.353) and Gift Ngoepe (.188), who each went 1-for-3.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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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  • http://twitter.com/KraigK KraigK

    Thanks for the good work here in summarizing this. An FYI, the box score links do not work and throw different errors in Firefox and IE.

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

      The box scores should work now.

  • Anonymous

    Really nice to see Aaron Thompson pitching well. It would be nice to see him continue this over the next couple months. Could be a real nice pickup….