Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/17/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 (.306) - 1-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) - 0-for-3, BB, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.50) - 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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, 3.20) - 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.79) - Next Probable Start: 7/21

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.67) - Next Probable Start: 7/18

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.263) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Andy Marte (7), Steve Pearce (3), Pedro Alvarez (1), Cole White (4)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 6, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (2.82) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.263) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Steve Pearce, RF (.333) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

John Bowker, LF (.306) – 2-for-3, R, BB

Daniel Moskos, LHP (2.45) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Pearce hit a two run homer in the eighth inning to tie the score up at 4 each, although Jose Ascanio would go on to give up the go ahead runs in the bottom half of the inning.  Pearce is now 6-for-18 with three homers in his four rehab appearances for Indianapolis.  Andy Marte hit his seventh homer of the year.  Matt Hague hit his 28th double of the year.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Holt went 2-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Erie 9, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (3-2, 5.18) – 4.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, 2B (.290) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.306) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Irwin had allowed 11 runs in 28.2 innings before having this bad outing.  Brock Holt is having a strong month of July, hitting for a .322/.406/.424 line in 59 at-bats.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Baker allowed three earned runs in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Daytona 9, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (5-7, 3.95) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.310) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.297) – 2-for-3, 3B

Game Notes: Brian Leach allowed four runs on three hits and four walks in 2.1 innings.  Santos stole two bases, giving him 16 on the year.  Evan Chambers stole his 12th base of the year.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Cain made his return from the disabled list.

Box Score

Result: Charleston 9, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (3.20) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.202) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Cole White, DH (.293) – 1-for-3, BB, HR

Trent Stevenson, RHP (6.56) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.10) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, but allowed four runs in the 11th to lose 9-5.  Colton Cain made his first appearance since a brief appearance on the disabled list.  Cole White hit his fourth homer of the year.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Allie pitched three shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Williamsport 3, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (4.50) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Derek Trent, DH (.213) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Hafner, RHP (0-2, 3.86) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Carlos Mesa, RF (.235) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Allie has now walked 14 batters in 18 innings this year, although he has also struck out 20 in that same time frame, with just 16 hits allowed.

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Dodgers 10, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Raul Batis, LHP (0-2, 3.26) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.320) – 1-for-3, 3B

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were off today.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 48-48, 3rd Place, 13.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 39-54, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 43-51 Overall, 13-11 2nd Half, T-3rd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 43-49 Overall, 8-16 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 8-22, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 16-8, 1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 26-15, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 31-22, 1st Place

Tim Williams

Author: 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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