Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/18/11

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 (.307) - 2-5, 2 runs, triple

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.242) - 3-4, 2b, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.50) - Next Probable Start: 7/22

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

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.42) - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.20) - Next Probable Start: 7/23

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.62) - 5 IP 3 H 3 R 2 ER 3 BB 3 K 0 HR

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2.31) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.227) – 3-for-3, 2 BB, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Dusty Brown (7), Pedro Alvarez (2), Evan Chambers 2 (9), Robbie Grossman (7), Willy Garcia (2), Gregory Polanco (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Charlotte 3

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (4.23) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.310) – 3-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Dusty Brown, C (.290) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Matt Hague, 1B (.321) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Pedro Alvarez is now hitting for a .310/.400/.500 line in AAA.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Sanchez went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Akron 4, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4.62) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.243) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.42) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Matt Curry, 1B (.267) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Starling Marte, CF (.307) – 2-for-5, 3B, 3 K

Game Notes: Altoona came back with two runs in the top of the eighth to tie the game, but lost in the bottom of the ninth.  Bryan Morris continues his shutout streak, extending it to 17 innings since moving to the bullpen.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Chambers hit two homers and went 3-for-3 with two walks.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Daytona 5

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5.06) – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.227) – 3-for-3, 2 BB, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.284) – 2-for-4, HR, BB

Game Notes: Bradenton scored seven runs in the sixth inning.  Chambers hit his 8th and 9th homers of the year.  Grossman hit his 7th homer of the year, and drew his 80th walk.  He’s got an on-base percentage of .420 on the year.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Fuesser pitched seven strong innings tonight.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 3, Charleston 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2.31) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, CF (.265) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1-0, 2.31) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Fuesser got back on track after allowing five runs in five innings his last time out.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

 

Castro pitched four shutout innings in his State College debut.

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Williamsport 1

Starting Pitcher: Jordan Cooper, RHP (5.59) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, DH (.338) – 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Orlando Castro, LHP (1-0, 0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Castro made his debut with State College, after being promoted from the GCL earlier this week.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Garcia hit a double and a homer.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Braves 2

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (2-0, 1.04) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.240) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.222) – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Game Notes: Garcia hit his 2nd homer of the year.  Polanco hit his first.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Yankees 2

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (1.10) – 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, SS (.373) – 2-for-4, 2B, SB

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Phillies 0

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (3.76) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 3B (.299) – 2-for-2, 2BB, 2B, 3B, SB

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 49-48, 3rd Place, 13.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 39-55, 6th Place, 16 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 44-51 Overall, 14-11 2nd Half, T-3rd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 44-49 Overall, 9-16 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 9-22, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 17-8, 1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 27-15, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 32-22, 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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELCL3KCDU5CL5W3ON2YPYKZJSA ScottT

    Pedro may be getting close.
    Nice 1st appearance for Castro at S.C.

  • Anonymous

    promote more players to state college.