Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/10/11


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 (2-2, 3.66) - Next Probable Start: 7/15

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 2.70) - Next Probable Start: 7/14

3. Starling Marte, CF (.314) - DNP, Went 1-for-3 in Future’s Game

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - 0-for-4, R

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) - Next Probable Start: 7/11

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-6, 5.27) - Next Probable Start: 7/14

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.65) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.15) - Next Probable Start: 7/16

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 4.01) - Next Probable Start: 7/15

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.67) - Next Probable Start: 7/16


Top Pitcher: Duke Welker, RHP (2.55) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.254) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (9), Miles Durham (2), Jordy Mercer (2), Carlos Mesa (1), Raul Fortunato (3)



Mercer hit his 2nd homer in as many days.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 3

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (2.37) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.231) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.294) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Indianapolis won in 10 innings on a John Bowker walk-off two run homer.  Jordy Mercer hit his second homer in as many days.



Holt went 2-for-4 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (5-8, 4.37) – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.288) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.246) – 2-for-3, BB

Joe Beimel, LHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Beimel pitched on back to back nights, which was expected for the rehabbing left hander.  That’s a good sign that he’s ready to return, and he should be set to come back right after the All-Star break.



Baker hit his 12th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Brian Leach, RHP (1-3, 9.22) – 2.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.291) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (2.55) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Diego Moreno, RHP (4.67) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Evan Chambers, CF (.219) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Baker hit his 12th homer of the year, and his second in as many days.  Diego Moreno had previously been on the Altoona disabled list with shoulder soreness, and is making his way back on rehab with Bradenton.  Steve Pearce went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab appearance, which means he should be back in the majors by the end of the month, if not sooner.



Waldron struggled with seven runs allowed.

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 8, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (6-5, 4.48) – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.253) – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.79) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Waldron allowed one run through five innings, then allowed three runs in the sixth.  Waldron left the game in the seventh with the bases loaded, when Brooks Pounders came in and allowed three inherited runs, and one of his own.



Mesa hit his first pro homer.

Box Score

Result: State College 8, Batavia 7

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2.70) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.254) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Vincent Payne, RHP (1-0, 2.25) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Kirk Singer, SS (.221) – 2-for-4, 2 3B, 3 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Carlos Mesa hit his first pro home run.  Taylor Lewis stole two bases, giving him five on the year.  State College got the win thanks to a two RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth by Kirk Singer, his second triple of the game.


The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Rays 1

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (4-1, 3.46) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.300) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Ortiz, C (.230) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Game Notes: Fortunato hit his 3rd homer of the year.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 47-45, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-51, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 40-48 Overall, 10-8 2nd Half, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 41-45 Overall, 6-12 2nd Half, 7th Place, 6.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 6-18, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 11-7, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 21-12, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 28-19, 1st Place

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