Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/26/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings as of 6/9/11.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-1, 3.16) - Next Probable Start: TBA

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 6.75) - Next Probable Start: 6/27

3. Starling Marte, CF (.333) - 1-for-4, 2B

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.253) - DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 9.00) - Next Probable Start: 6/30

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-5, 5.33) - Currently on AAA DL

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 4.32) - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-5, 3.04) - Next Probable Start: 6/28

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.82) - Next Probable Start: 6/27

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-6, 4.29) - Next Probable Start: 6/29

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Vincent Payne, RHP (3.00) – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.291) – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (4), Calvin Anderson (13), Elevys Gonzalez (2), Drew Maggi (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (39-38)

Hague went 3-for-5 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Pawtucket 5

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (6.14) – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.300) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.317) – 3-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Alex Presley was removed from the lineup prior to the game, right after Jose Tabata went down in the first.  John Bowker took his place.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE (34-40)

Morris has pitched six shutout innings since moving to the bullpen.

Box Score

Result: Harrisburg 6, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (1-1, 2.45) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, 2B (.284) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (4.32) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Tim Alderson, RHP (3.07) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Irwin was making his second start at the AA level, after pitching six shutout innings in his first game.  Morris has now pitched six shutout innings since moving to the bullpen, with a 6:1 K/BB ratio.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS (34-40)

Baker went 3-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, St. Lucie 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5.40) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.291) – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Calvin Anderson, DH (.269) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.298) – 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Adalberto Santos, RF (.297) – 3-for-4, 2B

Robbie Grossman, CF (.279) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

Nathan Baker, LHP (4-4, 4.04) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Anderson hit his 13th homer of the year.  Cumpton was making his first start in high-A for the Pirates.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER (37-35)

Stevenson made his first start of the 2011 season today.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Hickory 1

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (5.73) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.260) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Kawika Emsley-Pai, C (.294) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Victor Black, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Justin Ennis, LHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stevenson made his first start of the year, after putting up a 6.15 ERA in 33.2 innings as a reliever.  However, Stevenson had been on a hot streak lately, with two earned runs in 8.1 innings in his last four outings heading in to tonight’s start.  Victor Black hasn’t allowed a run in 13 innings, with a 9:4 K/BB ratio.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES (2-7)

Payne allowed an unearned run in 4.1 innings.

Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 8, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (0-1, 81.00) – 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, CF (.103) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Vincent Payne, RHP (3.00) – 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jefferson, the Pirates’ 22nd round draft pick this year, was making his pro debut.  Taylor Lewis, the 2011 10th round pick, was 1-for-25 coming in to today’s game.

RK: GCL PIRATES (4-2)

The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates (14-8)

Box Score

Result: Mets 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (2.63) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 SB

Game Notes: Fortunato now has 11 stolen bases on the year.

RK: VSL Pirates (21-14)

The VSL Pirates were off today.

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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  • Lee Young

    What happened with Rudy Owens? When (and why) did he go on the DL?

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

    Bring Hague up to the show….please!  Couldn’t possibly hit worse than Overbay and about equal if not better in field, give him a shot!