Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/16/11


Top Pitcher: Phillip Irwin (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers (2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, BB)

Home Runs: Evan Chambers (1), Matt Curry (7), Kelly Aponte (1)


D'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with two steals.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud (2-for-4, 2 SB)

Notes: Brian Burres (1-6, 4.60) allowed three runs on five hits in six innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Blaine Boyer (24.75) continued his struggles, allowing two runs, one earned, and getting just two outs.  One of those runs scored off of Tony Watson (2.91), who pitched 1.1 shutout innings, allowing one hit.  Dan Meyer (5.84) pitched a perfect inning.

Chase d’Arnaud (.267) continued his hot streak, going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.  Alex Presley (.340) went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base, his 11th of the season.  Brian Friday (.263) went 1-for-4 with a double and a run.


Altoona was off today.


Chambers went 2-for-2 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Clearwater 1

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers (2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, BB)

Notes: Phillip Irwin (2-0, 0.82) pitched six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  I 22 innings this year, Irwin has allowed just two earned runs, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio.  Diego Moreno (5.65) pitched two shutout innings, allowing a walk and a hit, and striking out four.  Ryan Beckman (0.93) pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

Evan Chambers (.190) went 2-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs.  David Rubinstein (.337) went 2-for-3.  Jarek Cunningham (.289) went 1-for-4 with a run.


Avila went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Kannapolis 8

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg (2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Avila (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R)

Notes: West Virginia scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings, coming back to win 9-8.  Eric Avila (.176) had a big impact in the two run seventh, hitting an RBI triple, and scoring on a Drew Maggi (.193) ground out.  Avila went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs, and three runs.  Justin Howard (.288) started things off in the eighth with a leadoff double.  West Virginia brought in a few runs before Rogelios Noris (.233) broke things open with a pinch hit triple, bringing in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Zack Von Rosenberg (7.91) struggled yet again, allowing six runs on six hits in 2.1 innings, with two walks and a strikeout.  Zac Fuesser (1.73) allowed two runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings, with three walks and five strikeouts.  Zach Foster (1-1, 5.19) pitched two shutout innings, allowing one walk and one hit, and striking out four.

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Box Score

Result: Reds 8, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza (3.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Kelly Aponte (1-for-4, HR)

Notes: Dilson Herrera (.333), who signed for $220,000 last August, made his pro debut, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Carlos Esqueda (.333) who played his first season last year, hitting for a .342/.401/.395 line, went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Kelly Aponte (.250) went 1-for-4 with a homer.

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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