Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/28/11


Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker (4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison (5-for-5, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB)

Home Runs: Dusty Brown (6), Shelby Ford (1), Eric Fryer (5), Miles Durham (2), Quincy Latimore (3), Aaron Baker (7), Calvin Anderson (8), Jesus Vasquez (1)


Harrison went 5-for-5 today.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Pawtucket 7

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson (2.0 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 3 HR)

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison (5-for-5, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB)

Notes: Justin Wilson (3.54) had a bad night, allowing seven runs, six earned, on five hits in two innings, with three walks and no strikeouts.  Wilson allowed three homers.  Chris Leroux (4.35) pitched four shutout innings, allowing one hit, three walks, and striking out four.  Tony Watson (1-2, 2.45) pitched a shutout inning to get the win, while Cesar Valdez (2.79) got the save with a shutout inning.

Josh Harrison (.331) had a career night at the plate, going 5-for-5 with three doubles, three runs, two RBIs, and his eighth stolen base of the season.  Harrison was playing shortstop tonight.  Andy Marte (.191) went 3-for-5 with two runs.  Alex Presley (.333) went 2-for-5.  Dusty Brown (.263) went 1-for-3 with his sixth homer of the year, two RBIs, and two walks.


Fryer went 3-for-4 with a homer.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Binghamton 6; Altoona 10, Binghamton 6

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson (5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR); Jeff Locke (5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer (3-for-4, 3B, HR)

Notes: Altoona finished their suspended game from yesterday, which picked up in the sixth inning, tied 6-6.  Aaron Thompson (4.89) started the game yesterday, allowing six runs on nine hits in five innings, with no walks and four strikeouts.  Tim Alderson (0.94) pitched a shutout inning, allowing one hit and striking out one.  Anthony Claggett (3-0, 3.81) pitched two shutout innings, while Noah Krol (3.54) closed it out with a shutout inning.

Tony Sanchez (.277) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Brock Holt (.289) went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  Quincy Latimore (.226) went 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Shelby Ford (.194) hit a pinch hit homer in the eighth, giving Altoona the go ahead run.

Jeff Locke (3-5, 5.33) started the regularly scheduled game, pitching five innings, and allowing four runs on four hits and three walks, with eight strikeouts.  Diego Moreno (3.00) pitched two innings, allowing a run on one hit, with no walks and two strikeouts.  Moreno did hit two batters.  Michael Dubee (3.03) allowed a run in two innings.

Altoona got a lot of power from the offense in game two.  Quincy Latimore went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.  Eric Fryer (.348) went 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer.  Miles Durham (.203) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a homer.  Starling Marte (.335) and Brock Holt each had two hits, with Holt stealing his tenth base of the year.


Anderson hit his eighth homer of the year tonight.

Box Score

Result: Daytona 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker (4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Calvin Anderson (1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI)

Notes: Nathan Baker (4.56) allowed one run on five hits in 4.2 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts.  Jason Erickson (5.11) allowed two runs on three hits in two innings.  Duke Welker (1-3, 3.66) allowed an unearned run on two hits in 1.1 innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.

Aaron Baker (.270) and Calvin Anderson (.216) each went 1-for-4 with a homer.  Evan Chambers (.188) went 2-for-4 with a double.  Cole White (.206) went 2-for-3 with a double.


Pounders pitched two shutout innings with five strikeouts for the win.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Delmarva 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR)

Top Hitter: Daniel Grovatt (2-for-5, 2B, RBI)

Notes: Tyler Waldron (4.30) got the start tonight, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings, with two walks and five strikeouts.  Brooks Pounders (4-0, 2.59) pitched two shutout innings, allowing no hits, two walks, and striking out five.  Jason Townsend (2.20) pitched a shutout inning, walking one.

Daniel Grovatt (.287) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Eric Avila (.195) went 1-for-4 with a double.  Andy Vasquez (.278) went 1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI.

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Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Astros 3

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet (4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, SB)

Notes: Martires Cadet (0.00) pitched four shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out five.  Cadet put up a 2.31 ERA in 70 innings last year in the DSL rotation.  Jesus Vasquez (.667) went 2-for-3 with a homer.  Miguel De Aza (.000) made his debut, going 0-for-2 with two walks.  The Pirates signed De Aza last year for $150,000.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Tigers 7

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi (5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Edgard Munoz (3-for-3, 3 R, BB, RBI)

Notes: Edgard Munoz (.375) went 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs.  Jose Roman (.349) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base.  Carlos Esqueda (.295) went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, and three RBIs.

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  • Anonymous

    John had Nathan Baker at #16 in the book. Maybe he knew something?

    Soon a decision may have to made on some of the underperforming vet pitchers? Or are they being kept around as ‘mentors’?

    Alderson may yet give us something from the Sanchez deal? He has been, uh, ‘dealing’? Maybe his funky motion makes that 88 MPH faster or is he gonna be AAAA material?

    I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day! I love this site. Must see reading material EVERY day!

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