Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/30/11

DAILY SUMMARY

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

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

Home Runs: Dusty Brown (4)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Brown hit his fourth homer of the year today.

Box Score

Result: Durham 12, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher (4.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR)

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

Notes: Indianapolis was crushed, thanks to another poor start by Sean Gallagher (0-4, 8.74), who allowed seven runs on nine hits in four innings, with a walk and three strikeouts.  Cesar Valdez (4.97) pitched two shutout innings, followed by a shutout inning from Jose Ascanio (13.50).  Justin Thomas (3.55) allowed three runs on two walks and two hits in an inning of work.  Tim Wood (5.23) had his worst outing since his 2011 debut, allowing two runs on four hits in an inning of work.

Indianapolis didn’t get on the board until the seventh inning, when Dusty Brown (.306) hit a two run homer.  Alex Presley (.333) went 2-for-4.  Gorkys Hernandez (.246) and Corey Wimberly (.229) each went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.  The stolen base for Hernandez was his eighth of the season.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Locke allowed five runs, but only one was earned.

Box Score

Result: Erie 5, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (1-for-4)

Notes: Altoona was hurt by errors tonight, with errors by Brock Holt and Jeremy Farrell leading to four unearned runs for Jeff Locke (1-3, 3.71), who allowed five runs, one earned, on nine hits in six innings.  Tim Alderson (1.35) followed Locke, pitching three perfect innings with three strikeouts.

The errors might not have mattered, as Altoona struggled offensively, being held to three hits.  Quincy Latimore (.257) and Jeremy Farrell (.329) each went 1-for-4, while Eric Fryer (.264) went 1-for-3.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Chambers went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin (4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers (3-for-4)

Notes: Bradenton got strong pitching from Phillip Irwin (1.50) and Brett Lorin (1-2, 4.29), but couldn’t manage the offense, losing 2-1.  Irwin made his second appearance of the year, pitching four shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out two.  Lorin followed that with four innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.

Bradenton only managed one run, thanks to a triple by Carlos Paulino (.320), who scored on a fielder’s choice by Benji Gonzalez (.266).  Evan Chambers (.219) went 3-for-4.  Aaron Baker (.341) went 2-for-4 with a double.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Dodson allowed one run in six innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Greensboro 2

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

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI)

Notes: West Virginia got a great start from Zack Dodson (2-2, 3.75), who pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Dodson was followed by Brooks Pounders (2.25), who pitched two shutout innings, allowing one hit, no walks, and striking out three.  Jason Townsend (1.80) closed it out, allowing one run on two hits in an inning of work.

Five West Virginia hitters recorded multiple hits.  Gift Ngoepe (.286), Matt Curry (.400), Daniel Grovatt (.296), Mel Rojas Jr. (.253), and Elias Diaz (.164) all went 2-for-4.  Diaz had two doubles and two RBIs.  Curry and Grovatt each stole a base.

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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  • Anonymous

    Time to ‘cut bait’ with Gallagher?

    ………..

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking the same thing.

  • Anonymous

    Last year’s draft had 9 pitchers drafted by the Bucs out of the first 10 rounds. That is a lack of balance. The Pirates are not only struggling to hit on the major level, but their farm teams are also hitting defiecient. There is no power in the organization, and very few potential average hitters. If the Pirates mishandle free agent signings every year (Overstay, and Diaz are the latest examples), then they must draft some hitters. And how much would it have hurt to pay one less overslot and give Sano some more cash to have a ss in the organization.

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

      I think it’s a little early to say that they botched the Overbay and Diaz signings, they did get Correia who is looking great so far. It’s only the first month in the books and Overbay was brought here for his fielding, nobody expects him to hit .300.

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

      and in regards to your comments about pitching, offense wins games, defense wins championships. Ask the Giants, they didn’t hit much at all but won series b/c of their dominant pitching, so…