Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/20/11


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) - 1-for-3, RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 0-for-3, BB

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

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (7-6, 4.97) - Next Probable Start: 7/24

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.42) - DNP

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) - Next Probable Start: 7/23


Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (4-3, 2.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.256) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Evan Chambers (10), Carlos Mesa (2), Jared Lakind (3), Jonathan Schwind (2)



Lincoln allowed a run in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (3.81) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jason Jaramillo, C (.275) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (2.16) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ronny Cedeno and Steve Pearce both made rehab appearances.  Cedeno went 0-for-5, while Pearce went 1-for-4.  Both were removed when the game went to extra innings, and both could be getting the call to the majors by Friday.  Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4.



McPherson pitched six shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Akron 0

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (4-3, 2.82) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.273) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.242) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: In his last ten games, Curry has a .342/.409/.553 line in 38 at-bats, with seven of his 13 hits going for extra bases.  McPherson has allowed one run on six hits in 12 innings over his last two starts, with a 12:1 K/BB ratio.



Grossman walked three times, doubled, and stole a base.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Daytona 0

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (2-3, 2.72) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, C (.308) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Diego Moreno, RHP (4.79) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, RF (.287) – 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB, SB

Game Notes: Earlier today I profiled Robbie Grossman, noting his increased power, his amazing walk rate, and his stolen bases.  He stole his 20th base, hit his 20th double, and walked for his 82nd, 83rd, and 84th time tonight.  Evan Chambers hit his fourth homer in the last eight games, and his tenth of the year.  Jose Tabata suffered a setback in his rehab assignment, and was removed early from the game.



Von Rosenberg pitched six shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Savannah 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (7.04) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Lyles, 3B (.204) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.15) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Victor Black allowed three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings.  Von Rosenberg had allowed nine earned runs in 7.1 innings in his last two outings heading in to tonight.



Mesa went 3-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Mahoning Valley 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.60) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, DH (.256) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Mike Jefferson, LHP (5.27) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Walker Gourley, 2B (.133) – 3-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Carlos Mesa hit his second homer of the year in the top of the 10th inning.  Taylor Lewis stole two bases, giving him eight on the year.  Nick Kingham has allowed two earned runs in 13 innings over his last three starts.



Neverauskas pitched three shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Phillies 6

Starting Pitcher: Bryton Trepagnier, RHP (4.87) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, C (.385) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Junior Sosa, CF (.265) – 2-for-3, 2 SB

Jared Lakind, 1B (.153) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Logan Pevny, RHP (4-0, 3.18) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Schwind hit his 2nd homer of the year, while Lakind hit his 3rd.  Neverauskas has now pitched five shutout innings in his first two appearances of the 2011 season.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Phillies 2, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, LHP (1-1, 2.65) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Gimenez, DH (.263) – 2-for-4


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 50-49, 3rd Place, 13.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 40-56, 6th Place, 16.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 46-51 Overall, 16-11 2nd Half, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 45-49 Overall, 10-16 2nd Half, 7th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 10-23, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 19-8, 1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 27-16, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 32-24, 1st Place

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  • Anonymous

    Of note at AAA: PA and Pearce each K’d twice and Gorkys fanned 3 times.

  • Bob

    Kyle McPherson is a beast and Curry is starting to get hot in AA, I like it.  

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