Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/18/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Matt McSwain (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham (2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

Home Runs: Pedro Ciriaco (1), Jordy Mercer (2), David Rubinstein (2), Jarek Cunningham 2 (4)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Ciriaco went 3-for-4 with a home run.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Louisville 4

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Pedro Ciriaco (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, SB)

Notes: Indianapolis had a big day on offense, getting ten runs, with four players recording multiple hits.  Pedro Ciriaco (.132) led the way, going 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs, and a stolen base.  Jason Jaramillo (.286) went 1-for-5 with three RBIs.  Corey Wimberly (.273), Matt Hague (.319), and Andrew Lambo (.267) all had two hits each.  Hague doubled twice.

Sean Gallagher (6.00) got the start, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in six innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.  Chris Leroux (1-0, 9.00) allowed a run in two innings of work.  Dan Meyer (4.50) closed it out with a shutout inning.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Alderson continued his impressive start to the 2011 season, with two shutout innings today.

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Bryan Morris (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (1-for-4, HR)

Notes: After a strong outing in his last start, Bryan Morris (1-1, 3.14) wasn’t as impressive tonight, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings, along with three walks and three strikeouts.  On the other hand, Tim Alderson (2.45) continued his impressive start to the 2011 season, pitching two shutout innings, allowing just one hit.  Noah Krol (4.50) allowed three runs on five hits in two innings.

Altoona’s offense didn’t help the pitching staff out much tonight.  Jordy Mercer (.171) went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.  Miles Durham (.162) went 2-for-4 with a triple.  Starling Marte (.366) went 2-for-4 with his fourth stolen base of the season.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Cunningham hit two home runs today.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 13, Jupiter 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Inman (3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham (2-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

Notes: Jarek Cunningham (.233) led the offense tonight, hitting two homers, and bringing in five runs, leading Bradenton to a big victory.  David Rubinstein (.429) also pitched in, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs.  Rubinstein also walked and stole a base, his fourth of the season.  Elevys Gonzalez (.371) had a big game, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs.

Jeffrey Inman (2.25) got his first start of the 2011 season, pitching three innings, and allowing two runs on three hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Matt McSwain (2-1, 1.80) was very impressive, with six shutout innings, three hits allowed, and eleven strikeouts.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Curry went 3-for-5 and scored the winning run.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Augusta 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg (5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Matt Curry (3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI)

Notes: Zack Von Rosenberg didn’t look as good in his second start, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work, with no walks and five strikeouts.  West Virginia’s bullpen shut the Augusta offense down, allowing their own offense to come back later in the game.  Trent Stevenson (7.11) pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk.  Brooks Pounders (2-0, 1.50) pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.  Casey Sadler (0.00) made his low-A debut, pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout to get the save.

Matt Curry (.395) went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple.  He led off the ninth inning with a double, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Justin Howard (.303).  Howard went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Eric Avila (.220) went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.  Mel Rojas Jr. (.262) and Rogelios Noris (.150) each had two hits.

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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://pulse.yahoo.com/_DDRCTF6PIDCY4VSVXBEWAQNTBA Joseph

    Thank you for the excellent coverage of all Pirate teams.

  • Anonymous

    Aldersons stats look good, did he gain velocity back? What do you contribute his strong start to? I’d love to see him regain his prospect status.

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

      Why is Alderson pitching middle relief, isn’t he a starter??

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