Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/14/11


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: 7/15

3. Starling Marte, CF (.310) - 0-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

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

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (7-6, 5.16) - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.55) - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

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: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1.86) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.301) – 3-for-5, HR, SB

Home Runs: John Bowker (10), Steve Pearce (1), Andrew Lambo (2)


Bowker hit his 10th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Columbus 4

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (7-6, 5.16) – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.301) – 3-for-5, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Steve Pearce, DH (.200) – 1-for-5, HR

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.222) – 0-for-4, 3 K

Game Notes: Bowker hit his 10th homer of the year for Indianapolis.  Rudy Owens had struggled with his strikeout numbers this year, but now has 15 in 9.2 innings over his last two starts.


Lambo hit his second homer for Altoona.

Box Score

Result: Erie 6, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (4-6, 3.65) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.250) – 1-for-3, BB, HR

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.55) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The game included what was described as a tremendous play at the plate.  Starling Marte made an amazing throw from deep center field, and Tony Sanchez caught the ball at the plate as he was being hit at home, getting the out.


Lorin allowed two runs in four innings.

Box Score



Check out the live report from the game by Terry Mathews.

Result: Bradenton 6, Dunedin 2

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.291) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brett Lorin, RHP (5-5, 2.95) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, RF (.279) – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Ross Ohlendorf started his rehab work, and the results looked good, with four shutout innings.  Ohlendorf threw just over 40 pitches in his outing, which made his results more impressive.  Jose Tabata continued his rehab, playing the field for three innings, and going 0-for-2.


Von Rosenberg had another rough outing.

Box Score

Result: Hickory 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (3-7, 7.58) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, 1B (.305) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1.86) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: White had the only two hits of the game for West Virginia.  Von Rosenberg returned to the rotation, and got hammered again.  With his two homers allowed tonight, he’s now allowed 17 on the year, which is two more than his total walks allowed.


Skirving went 2-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Staten Island 6, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (12.00) – 3.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Skirving, C (.288) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Joan Montero, RHP (7.30) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dodson made a rehab start with State College, on his way back to West Virginia.  This was Dodson’s fourth rehab appearance, and first with State College.


Weidman had a nice outing in his 2011 GCL debut.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Blue Jays 5

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (2.25) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jason Jaramillo, C (.188) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jimy Hernandez, RHP (3-1, 3.95) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jaramillo made his fourth rehab appearance with the GCL Pirates.  Weidman made his first appearance in the GCL, after allowing 11 earned runs in 12 innings in State College.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Mets 1

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (2-1, 3.38) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, SS (.366) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Yerfaine Gerald, RF (.252) – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB, 3 RBI

RK: VSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Tigers 0

Starting Pitcher: Alexander Gutierrez, LHP (4.56) – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Roman, DH (.337) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Tigers 1

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, LHP (3.10) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgar Munoz, LF (.364) – 2-for-3, SB



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 48-45, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-53, 6th Place, 17.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 42-49 Overall, 12-9 2nd Half, T-2nd Place, 0.5 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 41-48 Overall, 6-15 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 7-20, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 14-8, 1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 25-13, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 31-20, 1st Place

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  • ScottT

    Pedro 0-4 3 K’s….Ouch!

  • Lee Young

    Good news on the Ohlie front. Also, hopefully, Owens is turning it around.

    I wonder if ZVR needs to be dropped a level?

  • Bob

    Pedro can’t even hit in AAA…

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