Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/23/11

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, 4.09) - Next Probable Start: 7/26

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 4.72) - Next Probable Start: 7/27

3. Starling Marte, CF (.302) - 1-for-5, 2B, RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) - DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 5.95) - Next Probable Start: 7/28

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

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.52) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.13) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 3.88) - Next Probable Start: 7/26

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.44) - 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.44) – 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.350) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Pedro Alvarez (3), Matt Skirving (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Rochester 12, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (5-10, 5.40) – 3.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.350) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Leroux, RHP (3.04) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alvarez hit his third homer since last Sunday.  In the last seven days he is 13-for-26 at the plate.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Locke allowed two runs in eight innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, New Britain 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.44) – 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.280) – 4-for-5, SB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.280) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI

Game Notes: Locke threw just 81 pitches to get through eight innings.  Tonight was the first time this year that he’s thrown more than six innings.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Cumpton allowed three runs in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Tampa 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, 2B (.255) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.290) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI

Ramon Cabrera, C (.345) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Grossman extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and extended his streak of reaching base safely to 20 games.  He now has 87 walks on the year, five more than his current strikeout total.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Cain allowed a run in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Charleston 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (3.13) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.263) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (5-4, 4.25) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (3.32) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Eric Avila, 3B (.207) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: In his last five starts, Cain hasn’t pitched beyond the fifth inning, after going in to the sixth inning seven starts in a row before that stretch.  That could be a sign that he’s seeing his innings reduced in the second half.  He only threw 48.1 innings last year, and is up to 95 this year.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Fuselier went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 8, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (3.34) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Fuselier, LF (.206) – 3-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Taylor Lewis, CF (.194) – 2-for-5, SB

Alex Dickerson, DH (.269) – 2-for-4, RBI

Jordan Cooper, RHP (0-3, 8.76) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Hafner has experienced some control issues in his last five starts, with 13 walks in 21.2 innings.  Cooper has been hammered in two appearances now.  Outside of tonight’s game, Cooper gave up five earned runs in 2.2 innings in his pro debut.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Lopez made his pro debut.

Box Score

Result: Yankees 14, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jodaneli Carvajal, SS (.210) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, 1B (.100) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 K

Game Notes: Cesar Lopez, who signed with the Pirates for $600 K over the off-season after defecting from Cuba, made his pro debut.  He was the only Pirates’ pitcher who didn’t allow a run.  Jeff Clement made his third rehab appearance, getting his first hit of the season.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were suspended, down 6-2 in the 4th inning.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 52-50, 3rd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 42-57, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 47-53 Overall, 17-13 2nd Half, 3rd Place, 1.5 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 45-52 Overall, 10-19 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 10-26, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 19-11, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 29-16, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 33-25, 1st Place

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