Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/28/11


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: 6/29

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 4.91) - Next Probable Start: 7/2

3. Starling Marte, CF (.337) - 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, SB

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.248) - 0-for-4, BB, 2 R

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) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-5, 3.04) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.82) - Next Probable Start: 7/2

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


Top Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (3-4, 2.76) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.337) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, SB

Home Runs: John Bowker (6), Willy Garcia (1)


Ciriaco went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Syracuse 8, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (3-7, 4.22) – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Ciriaco, 2B (.204) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.304) – 1-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Matt Hague, 1B (.322) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.285) – 2-for-4, R, SB

Chris Leroux, RHP (3.00) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bowker has homered three nights in a row.  The stolen base for Hernandez was his 15th of the year.  Pedro Ciriaco had one fewer at-bat tonight than he did in 38 days in the majors this year.


Marte went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Box Score

Result: Reading 9, Altoona 7

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3.32) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.337) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, 2B (.289) – 2-for-5, SB

Andrew Lambo, RF (.143) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Josh Rodriguez, SS (.600) – 3-for-5

Jeremy Farrell, 3B (.285) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Altoona carried a 6-3 lead in to the ninth inning, when Noah Krol allowed six runs in an inning of work.  Marte now has an 11 game hitting streak.  He has a .357 average and a .917 OPS in the month of June.


Lorin allowed one run in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 8, St. Lucie 1

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (3-4, 2.76) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.309) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.287) – 1-for-2, BB, RBI

Evan Chambers, CF (.216) – 2-for-4, 2 R

Duke Welker, RHP (2.62) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a run in his first rehab appearance for high-A Bradenton.  Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-4 with a double tonight, but is down to a .257/.307/.518 line.  He’s hitting for a .173/.229/.293 line in 75 at-bats in June.


West Virginia won 4-3. Check out my live recap from the game.


Freeman went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 6, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (4.15) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.212) – 2-for-4, R

Other Notable Performers

Brian Sharp, 3B (.200) – 2-for-4, RBI

Rinku Singh (0-1, 2.70) – 3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: None of the hitters in the State College lineup were hitting for more than a .222 average.


Garcia homered in yesterday's suspended game, which was resumed today.

Game One Box Score

Result: Phillies 9, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (4.91) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF (.192) – 1-for-3, HR

Game Notes: The Pirates completed their suspended game from yesterday.  Heredia pitched yesterday, and Garcia’s homer came yesterday before the game was suspended.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: David Jagoditsh, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gavi Nivar, RF (.364) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Jagoditsh was making his pro debut.  The 32nd round right hander was working in the 93-95 MPH range.

RK: DSL Pirates (14-10)

Box Score

Result: Royals 5, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Vilchez, RHP (0-1, 1.64) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yeffrey Jaquez, C (.150) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Jaquez got the only hit for the Pirates.

RK: VSL Pirates (23-14)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Reds 5

Starting Pitcher: Oderman Rocha, RHP (4.55) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 3B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.369) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Montilla is now hitting for a .420 average and a 1.120 OPS in the month of June.

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  • Lee Young

    Tim……………when/how did Rudy Owens end up on the DL?


    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      He was hit with a line drive last week. I wrote about it in the Prospect Watch that night.  I think it went off his leg.

      • Lee Young

        Don’t remember reading that….musta been on the road that day.

        Thx for the reply.

        Btw, I’ve just realized that you have your own “SI Jinx” thing going.

        Who are the 4 players on the cover of your Prospect Book? ZVR, Morris, Owens and Sanchez. Are ANY of them having good years? Next year, pls don’t put ANYONE on the cover!

        • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

          I noticed that as well.  Zack Dodson is on the back cover, and he’s injured.

          Next year I’m planning on Cole/Taillon/Allie/Heredia.  Uh oh.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XLZWD62P3KVC73DPXCAYMDTY2A Kevin


          • Lee Young

            I  will give you even MORE $$$ if you Don’t put any of them on your cover.

  • Lee Young

    I love those blurry feet of Marte…lol

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

    Is Montilla really good or just old for this league?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Montilla is in his second year.  You never know with players in the foreign rookie leagues until they show up in the US.  That said, he’s 19 years old and in his second pro year.  That means he was signed one year late, which doesn’t doom his prospect status, but shows that when he was 16, he wasn’t considered a top prospect (since no one signed him until age 17).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XLZWD62P3KVC73DPXCAYMDTY2A Kevin

    Do you believe Marte is developing power, as we hoped?  Or is he just in a hot streak?

    If Presley sticks in Pittsburgh for a while I hope they move Starling up to AAA.  I know his K:BB rate is a little higher than you’d like to see, but that is about the only thing he has left to prove at the AA level.

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