Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/20/11
Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)
Top Hitter: Matt Curry (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)
Home Runs: Andy Marte (2), Jordy Mercer (3), Matt Curry (2)
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)
Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 2
Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson (6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)
Top Hitter: Andy Marte (1-for-4, HR)
Notes: Indianapolis got a great start from Justin Wilson (1-1, 3.00), who pitched six shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks, and striking out four. Wilson threw 97 pitches, with 62 going for strikes. He was replaced by Justin Thomas (1.86) who added a shutout inning. Daniel Moskos (2.35) gave up his first earned runs of the season, allowing two runs on three hits in 0.2 innings. Tim Wood (6.35) closed it out, pitching 1.1 perfect innings with two strikeouts. Wood was sitting at 95 MPH with his fastball, and touched 98 twice.
Andy Marte (.206) got the Indians on the board in the second inning with a solo homer, his second homer of the year. Indianapolis scored two more runs in the sixth inning, after Chase d’Arnaud (.261) and Pedro Ciriaco (.143) hit back to back doubles. Ciriaco brought d’Arnaud in, then stole third base, and scored on an Alex Presley (.352) sacrifice fly. Presley went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, also bringing in an insurance run in the eighth.
ALTOONA CURVE (AA)
Result: Altoona 3, Harrisburg 2
Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)
Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)
Notes: Altoona got a great start from Jeff Locke (2.30), who allowed two runs in 6.1 innings, needing only 64 pitches, with 50 of those going for strikes. I wrote about Locke’s start earlier today, asking whether he’s ready for AAA. Tom Boleska (1-0, 0.00) came on in the sixth after Locke allowed a double and a single with one out. Boleska started off with a wild pitch, allowing a run to score. After a single put runners on first and third, Boleska allowed a sacrifice fly, tying the score.
Altoona took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, thanks to an error by Harrisburg. Starling Marte (.364) hit a two out single, stole second base, and scored on an error to give Altoona the lead. The error was a fly ball hit to the right fielder, who dropped it after a gust of wind (thanks to BucsFaninPA for the account). Jordy Mercer (.179) first put Altoona on the board in the sixth, hitting a two run homer, his third homer of the year. Michael Dubee (1.23) and Noah Krol (3.86) each pitched a shutout inning to close out the victory.
BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)
Result: Fort Myers 9, Bradenton 5
Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin (4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)
Top Hitter: David Rubinstein (2-for-5, SB, RBI)
Notes: Bradenton lost in the ninth inning, thanks to a walk off grand slam by Fort Myers. Brett Lorin (6.55) got the start today, allowing three runs on four hits in four innings, with four walks and three strikeouts. Eliecer Navarro (8.31) followed that up by allowing two runs on two hits in three innings, with two walks and three strikeouts. Porfirio Lopez (9.53) pitched a perfect eighth inning, but ran in to trouble in the ninth. Lopez allowed two singles, then put runners in scoring position with one out after a wild pitch. That led to an intentional walk to load the bases, and brought on Diego Moreno (6.75). Moreno allowed the grand slam to the first batter he faced, giving Fort Myers the win.
Evan Chambers (.224) went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. David Rubinstein (.419) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI. Calvin Anderson (.209) went 2-for-4. Benji Gonzalez (.263) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)
Result: Kannapolis 6, West Virginia 5
Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson (4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR)
Top Hitter: Matt Curry (2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)
Notes: Zack Dodson (4.85) was hit hard early in the game, giving up five runs in the first three innings. His control looked good, with seven strikeouts and one walk. Last year, the biggest issue with Dodson was his control, so it’s good to see his K/BB ratio looking like it is this year. As for the runs and hits, I haven’t seen him pitch, so I can’t say whether it’s due to poor performance, or whether it’s because he’s mostly working with his fastball. Kevin Decker (0-1, 3.27) pitched three innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. Jason Townsend (0.00) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Matt Curry (.400) led the offense, going 2-for-4 with a double and a three run homer, his second homer of the year. Mel Rojas Jr. (.255) went 2-for-5 with a double. Rojas started the season 1-for-14, and has since gone 12-for-37. The downside is that his first extra base hit of the season came today. Kevin Mort (.318) went 3-for-4.