Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/13/11


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, Played in AA All-Star game. Went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) - DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) - Next Probable Start: 7/17

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: Orlando Castro, LHP (0.72) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.217) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Evan Chambers (7)


Indianapolis was off for the AAA All-Star game.  Matt Hague went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run.


Altoona was off for the Eastern League All-Star Game.  Jeff Locke pitched a shutout inning, allowing a walk and a hit.  Aaron Pribanic pitched 0.2 innings, and got the win.  Starling Marte went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.  Brock Holt went 1-for-2 with a homer and two RBIs, and was named the MVP of the game.


Chambers hit a grand slam.

Box Score


Terry Mathews was at the game tonight, and has a live report.

Result: Bradenton 7, Dunedin 6

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4.71) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.217) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Diego Moreno, RHP (5.60) – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jose Tabata made a rehab appearance, going 0-for-2 with two walks.  Steve Pearce also made a rehab appearance, going 0-for-1 with three walks.  Evan Chambers hit a grand slam in the seventh, putting Bradenton up 7-4 at the time.


Rojas went 2-for-2 with a stolen base.

Box Score

Result: Hickory 7, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2-3, 2.42) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.255) – 2-for-2, BB, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.57) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (2.37) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rojas stole his 18th base of the year.  He’s got 4 in his last 6 games.


Lashmet went 1-for-4 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 9, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Jordan Cooper, RHP (0-2, 9.53) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Lashmet, 3B (.279) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ashley Ponce, SS (.200) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Cooper allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings in his first start, and bounced back nicely in this outing.  Josh Poytress allowed six runs tonight on eight hits in four inning.



Castro pitched five innings without an earned run.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 3

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (0.72) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.206) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hornback, C (.333) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Jose Osuna, LF (.429) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, RBI

Isaac Sanchez, RHP (1-0, 1.46) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Orlando Castro has now allowed two earned runs in 25 innings in the GCL, with a 22:2 K/BB ratio.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Indians 4, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (0-1, 1.50) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, LF (.389) – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Angel Sanchez, LHP (10.29) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Reds 6, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (1-2, 4.81) – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Bealyn Chourio, RHP (.233) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 3B (.290) – 1-for-3


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

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

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 41-49 Overall, 11-9 2nd Half, T-3rd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 41-47 Overall, 6-14 2nd Half, 7th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 7-19, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 13-8, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 24-13, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 29-20, 1st Place

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Tim Williams

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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  • Lee Young

    Good to see Rojas continue to improve along with Grossman.
    I don’t believe Castro was that highly rated? Ya gotta watch those little LHPs. :)

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

    What the hell is wrong with Poytress?  He must have in infinite ERA at this point.  

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