Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/16/11


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, 4.13) - Next Probable Start: 7/21

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 5.23) - Next Probable Start: 7/21

3. Starling Marte, CF (.307) - 2-for-5, BB

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) - 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) - Next Probable Start: 7/18

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (7-6, 5.16) - Next Probable Start: 7/19

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.55) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.15) - Next Probable Start: 7/17

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.79) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.67) - Next Probable Start: 7/17


Top Pitcher: x

Top Hitter: x

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (3), Tony Sanchez (4), Yunesky Sanchez (1), Jesus Vasquez (7), Raul Fortunato (4)


Mercer homered, then left the game early after being hit by a pitch.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 7, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.79) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.235) – 3-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Steve Pearce, 3B-SS (.357) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.235) – 1-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jordy Mercer hit his third homer of the year, then left the game early after being hit by a pitch.  Steve Pearce moved over to ahortstop to take his place.


Sanchez hit his 4th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Erie 8

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (4.38) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Yunesky Sanchez, 3B (.500) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.307) – 2-for-5, BB

Matt Curry, 1B (.268) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Yunesky Sanchez, who was just signed by the Pirates, had a strong debut, with a home run and a game winning hit.  Tony Sanchez hit his fourth homer of the year.  Matt Curry is starting to heat up, with a .327/.368/.449 line in the month of July, not counting tonight’s performance.


Santos went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (1-5, 5.22) – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, LF (.306) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.281) – 1-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton scored two in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t overcome the three runs that Dunedin scored in the first four innings, and ended up missing the series sweep.  Ramon Cabrera was the only Bradenton hitter that didn’t record a hit.


Grovatt went 2-for-4 with two steals.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 13, Charleston 6

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.87) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, PR-CF (.286) – 2-for-4, 2 SB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.24) – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (2-0, 2.25) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Justin Howard, RF (.263) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Grovatt entered the game as a pinch runner for Mel Rojas Jr., who left the game after a single in the first.  His two steals give him 15 on the year.  Five West Virginia hitters recorded multiple hits.


Lashmet had one of the three State College hits tonight.

Box Score

Result: Williamsport 7, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (1-1, 3.54) – 4.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, DH (.250) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Jesus Brito, RHP (0.00) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Benedict started off well in his first three starts, allowing one earned run in 12.1 innings.  In his last three starts he has allowed ten earned runs in 15.2 innings.  Dickerson got his first pro hit in his pro debut, with a double off the wall. State College only had three hits tonight.


Lee threw 5 strong innings today.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Tigers 4

Starting Pitcher: Wilson Lee, LHP (1-0, 4.26) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF (.225) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Neverauskas made his 2011 debut today with two shutout innings.  Jason Jaramillo made a rehab start, going 0-for-3.  Jorge Bishop made his third start since being demoted from State College, and went 1-for-4.  He’s 2-for-16 so far in his return to the GCL.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Royals 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (4-2, 3.77) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.386) – 2-for-3, BB, HR, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.320) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Vasquez now has three homers in his last seven games.  He’s 19-for-33 in his last ten games.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Mariners 3, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Oscar Calderin, LHP (3.63) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 3B (.291) – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: Herrera has struggled since his strong month of May.  He had a .259/.343/.412 line in June, and has a .258/.378/.290 line so far in July.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 48-47, 3rd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 39-53, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 43-50 Overall, 13-10 2nd Half, T-2nd Place, 0.5 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 43-48 Overall, 8-15 2nd Half, 7th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 8-21, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 16-8, 1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 26-14, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 31-22, 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

    Tim………I guess Tony read your column. lol

    Always good to see a pitcher named ‘Lee’ do well. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELCL3KCDU5CL5W3ON2YPYKZJSA ScottT

    Pierce adding SS to his resume would be awesome.

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