Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/11/11


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

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) - 0-for-2, K

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

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: Phillip Irwin, RHP (3.45) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, LF (.421) – 4-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Home Runs: Josh Rodriguez (2), Justin Bencsko (2)


Indianapolis was off today for the AAA All-Star break.



Rodriguez hit his second homer for Altoona.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (3.45) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brad Chalk, CF (.250) – 3-for-4, 3B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Rodriguez, SS (.250) – 1-for-5, HR

Game Notes: Altoona lost in 11 innings when Michael Dubee allowed two runs in the top half of the frame.  Josh Rodriguez hit his second homer at the AA level this year.  In his first five starts, Phillip Irwin has a 3.45 ERA in 28.2 innings, along with a 21:3 K/BB ratio.



Baker allowed two earned runs in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Lakeland 9, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5-6, 3.87) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.287) – 2-for-3, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, DH (.296) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Steve Pearce went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in a rehab assignment.  Bradenton had three errors, leading to five unearned runs.


West Virginia was off today.



Bencsko hit a walk-off home run.

Box Score

Result: State College 7, Batavia 6

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.92) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Bencsko, LF (.346) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, RHP (5.40) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Kirk Singer, SS (.247) – 3-for-4, 2 3B

Samuel Gonzalez, C (.357) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Bencsko hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth to give State College the win.  Kirk Singer had two triples for the second night in a row.



Osuna went 4-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Yankees 8, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Wilson Lee (5.14) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, LF (.421) – 4-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

David Jagoditsh, RHP (3.18) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Willy Garcia, CF (.196) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Osuna is 18-for-36 in his last 10 games, with a 1.333 OPS and two homers.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were postponed.


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

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-52, 6th Place, 16.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 40-49 Overall, 10-9 2nd Half, T-4th Place, 1.0 GB

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

A-: State College Spikes – 7-18, 6th Place, 8.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 11-8, T-2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 22-12, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 28-19, 1st Place

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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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