Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/15/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brooks Pounders (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr. (3-for-5, SB, RBI)

Home Runs: None

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Moskos pitched two shutout innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison (2-for-4, 2 SB)

Notes: Brad Lincoln (0-2, 4.66) made his second start this season with the Indianapolis Indians, pitching five innings, and allowing three runs on six hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts.  Daniel Moskos (0.00) continued his scoreless inning streak, pitching two shutout innings, and allowing two hits.  So far this season, Moskos has pitched 6.1 shutout innings, with four hits, one walk, and six strikeouts.

The Indianapolis was shutout, with nine strikeouts.  Josh Harrison (.320) was the only player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4, and stealing two bases.  Matt Hague (.313), Gorkys Hernandez (.296), and Chase D’Arnaud (.303) all had singles.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Box Score

Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez (2-for-4, SB)

Notes: Jared Hughes (0-1, 3.60) got the start tonight, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits in five innings.  Tim Alderson (3.38) followed him up, allowing two runs in two innings.  They were the first two earned runs of the season for Alderson, who had 3.1 innings without an earned run coming in to tonight.  Brian Leach (4.15) threw two innings, allowing one run on no hits and two walks, with one strikeout.  His run came thanks to two wild pitches.  Leach has struggled with his control this year, with six walks in 4.1 innings.

The offense didn’t do much tonight, combining for just two runs.  Tony Sanchez (.250) was the only player to have multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base.  Quincy Latimore (.241) was the only player to get an extra base hit, going 1-for-4 with a double and a run.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Lopez pitched another shutout inning tonight.

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 9, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin (4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez (1-for-2, 2B, BB)

Notes: Brett Lorin (0-1, 6.43) made his second start at the high-A level, allowing five runs on eight hits in four innings.  Jason Erickson (6.43) didn’t do much better, allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings.  Porfirio Lopez (2.25) pitched a perfect inning, striking out two.  Lopez allowed one run in three innings in his first appearance three days ago, and came back with a strong follow up.  The left hander was throwing in the 88-91 MPH range, touching 92, when I saw him in Spring Training.

Just like the top two levels, the Bradenton offense wasn’t very effective tonight.  David Rubinstein (.414), Elevys Gonzalez (.350), and Kelson Brown (.211) all had doubles.  Evan Chambers (.241) went 1-for-4 with an RBI, bringing in Brown.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Pounders struck out four in three innings.

Box Score

Result: Augusta 5, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson (4.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr. (3-for-5, SB, RBI)

Notes: Zack Dodson (1-1, 2.00) made his second start of the season, allowing four runs, two earned, on three hits, in four innings.  He walked two and struck out three.  That follows up five shutout innings, where Dodson walked one.  His biggest issue last year was control issues, so his three walks in nine innings looks good this year.  He did have two wild pitches tonight.  Brooks Pounders (1.80) pitched three innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Ryan Beckman (0.00) pitched a perfect inning, his second shutout inning in as many nights.  Beckman has six shutout innings this year, allowing three hits.

Mel Rojas Jr. (.222) went 3-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI.  Gift Ngoepe (.263) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.  Dan Grovatt (.318) went 0-for-2 with two walks, a run, and a stolen base.

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  • Anonymous

    Good to see the Minor league players are getting used to losing because they have a lot in their future to look forward too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TQC5HKTKJ52MK7PN2CBR4JIWYQ Kevin

    Hey Robert

    The Pirates will win more than their fair share of minor league games this season. But more importantly they are building a very solid talent base.

    In my opinion the Pirates have more minor league talent than the Rays or the Braves. Of course, not everyone would agree as the Rays and Braves are ranked #2 and #3 among minor league systems by BA.

    Kevin

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