Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 6/7/11

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI)

Home Runs: Eric Fryer (2), Jordy Mercer (11), Kris Watts (3), Rogelios Noris (5)

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA)

Fryer hit his second homer in Indianapolis.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 13, Buffalo 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR)

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI)

Notes: Justin Wilson (7-3, 3.49) got hit around for a few runs tonight, but ended up pitching five innings, allowing four runs on six hits, with three walks and four strikeouts to get the win.  Chris Leroux (4.00) had a great outing, pitching four shutout innings, allowing just a walk and a hit, plus two strikeouts.

Eric Fryer (.276) went 2-for-4 with his second homer at the AAA level, a three run shot.  John Bowker (.321) went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBIs.  Chase d’Arnaud (.285) went 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs, and his 12th stolen base of the season.  Gorkys Hernandez (.263) went 1-for-4 with a triple and two runs.

ALTOONA CURVE (AA)

Mercer hit his 11th homer of the year tonight.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 10, Erie 5

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer (2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI)

Notes: Jeff Locke (5-5, 4.66) got back on track tonight, pitching six innings and allowing three runs, one earned, on six hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts.  Tim Alderson (2.20) allowed two runs on one hit and three walks, getting just one out.  Michael Dubee (2.55) pitched 1.2 shutout innings, while Noah Krol (3.47) added a perfect ninth inning.

Jordy Mercer (.264) went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs.  The homer was Mercer’s 11th of the season.  Matt Curry (.333) went 2-for-4 with a double.  Starling Marte (.327) returned from his groin injury, going 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, giving him 13 on the year.  Brock Holt (.297) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Kris Watts (.274) went 2-for-3 with a double, and a solo homer.

BRADENTON MARAUDERS (A+)

Bradenton was off today.

WEST VIRGINIA POWER (A)

Waldron pitched six shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 11, Delmarva 3

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi (2-for-3, 3B, 2 BB)

Notes: Tyler Waldron (5-2, 3.44) pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits, two walks, and striking out two.  Trent Stevenson (6.91) pitched an inning, allowing an unearned run on one hit.  Kevin Decker (2.25) pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.  Jason Townsend (2.79) had a rough outing, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks in one inning.

Drew Maggi (.231) went 2-for-3 with a triple and two walks.  Andy Vasquez (.294) went 3-for-5 with a run.  Rogelios Noris (.228) went 1-for-5 with his fifth homer of the year.  Chase Lyles (.364), Elias Diaz (.222) and Eric Avila (.225) all had two hit games.

DSL Pirates (RK)

The DSL Pirates were postponed.

VSL Pirates (RK)

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Mariners 6

Starting Pitcher: Alexander Gutierrez (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera (2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB)

Notes: Dilson Herrera (.324) went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and his fifth stolen base of the year.  Herrera is off to a great start to his pro career, getting a hit in 15 of 17 starts, and reaching base in 16 of 17 starts.  He was signed for $220 K last August. Ulises Montilla (.360) went 3-for-6 with three RBIs.  Edgard Munoz (.388) went 2-for-5 with a double and a walk.  Jose Salazar (.255) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run.

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  • cory yokel

    who would you say is better defensively D’arnaud or Mercer?

    • Lee Young

      According to the Pirates Prospects Guide (plug alert), D’Arnaud is average to above average, while Mercer sounds like the same. Mercer came out with the rep of Good “O” and not so Good “D”, but his defense has been better than expected.

      However, I think D’Arnaud is overall the better prospect.

  • Anonymous

    cory ~ don’t know about the defense of D’Arnaud or Mercer.  But, Sterling Marte just amazes me; he returns from a groin injury to steal two bases!

    • Lee Young

      NorCal….having had some groin pulls in my time, I thought the same thing!