Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/3/11

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, 2.96) - Next Probable Start: 7/4 2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 2.70) - Next Probable Start: 7/8 3. Starling Marte, CF (.323) - 0-for-5, 2 R 4. Tony Sanchez, C (.249) - 1-for-3, RBI 5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 6.00) - Next Probable Start:...

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Andrew McCutchen: A Real Star

Take a look at the current FanGraphs leaderboards and you’ll see these three players sitting in the top three spots when sorted by WAR (Wins Above Replacement): 1. Jose Bautista – Currently sitting with 26 homers, a .328 average, and a 1.150 OPS 2. Jose Reyes – Hitting for a .354 average and a .927 OPS, along with great defense (a 1.7 UZR) 3. Andrew McCutchen That’s right.  Andrew McCutchen currently ranks as...

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Stolen Bases Hurt Power; Alvarez Continues Rehab

Sunday’s action in the Pirates’ minor league organization began with an afternoon game in Charleston.  The GCL Pirates have the day off.

Greensboro Grasshoppers  10,  West Virginia Power  2
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Three late-inning rallies gave the Grasshoppers the advantage over the Power this afternoon.   Power starter Colton Cain pitched 4 innings and allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  The first ‘Hoppers’ run came in the 1st inning, on a double and an RBI single.  Cain allowed only one base runner over the next two innings (hit batter), then gave up a 2-run homer in the 4th, to give Greensboro a 3-0 lead. Cain and C Kawika Emsley-Pai had two bases stolen against them in the 1st inning (one runner, two bases), and a double steal in the 4th.  Kevin Decker replaced Cain to begin the 5th, and retired the side in order.  In the 6th, Decker gave up 2 runs on a single, a walk, a sacrifice fly, and an RBI single.  There were three stolen bases in that inning.  Decker was still pitching in the 7th, when 3 more runs scored.  Three more stolen bases contributed to the scoring, which also included two walks, a sacrifice fly, an RBI double and an RBI single.  The Grasshoppers had an 8-0 lead.   

The Power batters went down in order in the first two innings, and had only 3 base runners over the first 6 innings.  Emsley-Pai led off the 3rd with a single lined into left field, but he was thrown out trying to steal second base.   1B Chase Lyles singled in the 5th and was left on base.  SS Kevin Mort singled to open the 6th, and was erased in a double play.  2B Andy Vasquez singled to lead off the 7th, and he was also out in a double play, when CF Mel Rojas lined out to first and Vasquez was easily doubled off.  Finally, after that double play, three consecutive hits pushed the first Power run across the plate.  DH Cole White and Lyles hit back-to-back singles, and LF Rogelios Noris drove in White with a line drive double into left.  

Justin Ennis pitched the 8th inning, and gave the ‘Hoppers another 2-run homer, following a single.  The Power got one of the runs back in the 8th.  With two outs, Vasquez was hit by a pitch, and Rojas walked.  White lined a single into center field, and Vasquez came around from second to score.  Jason Townsend pitched a scoreless top of the 9th, and the Power also went down in order in the bottom of the 9th.  

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Game 84 Recap: Bucs Offense Shows Up

The Pirates put a solid effort on all fronts – hitting, pitching, and fielding. The offense banged out 16 hits and scored ten times. Kevin Correia was sharp again in earning his eleventh win. The defense committed no errors. More, please! Pittsburgh pounced on Nationals and starter Jason Marquis for eight runs in the first two innings. Alex Presley started the game with a single. Chase D’Arnaud reached on an error by...

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Pirates Sign Venezuelan Outfielder Elvis Escobar

The Pirates have added their second big International signing during this year’s July 2nd signing period. The signing of Elvis Escobar, a 16 year old centerfielder from Venezuela was announced today by Ben Badler from Baseball America. The 5′ 9″ 165lb left-handed Escobar signed for $570,000 joining Harold Ramirez who signed yesterday for $1.05 M.    Escobar is described as having above average baseball instincts and...

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