Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/24/11


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, 4.09) - 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-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) - 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

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

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.93) - 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.13) - Next Probable Start: 7/29

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.44) - Next Probable Start: 7/28


Top Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (1)



Owens pitched seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Rochester 0

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.365) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.299) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Daniel Moskos, LHP (1.74) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Tim Wood, RHP (3.57) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Owens didn’t have a seven inning start all year, but has gone seven innings two starts in a row, allowing two runs on six hits in those two outings.  He’s getting back on track in July, with a 2.83 ERA in 28.2 innings, along with a 24:10 K/BB ratio. Pedro Alvarez has had multiple hits in each of his last three games, and is now hitting for a .472/.548/.806 line in 36 at-bats in his last ten games.


Morris struggled in his second straight appearance.

Box Score

Result: New Britain 7, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (3.86) – 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Rodriguez, SS (.291) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.285) – 2-for-4

Tim Alderson, RHP (2.80) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.93) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Ohlendorf made his first rehab start at the AA level.  Morris has allowed six runs, four earned, in 2.1 innings over his last two relief appearances.


Lorin allowed one run in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 2, Tampa 1

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (2.76) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, 3B (.263) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

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

Diego Moreno, RHP (2-3, 4.57) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Grossman extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and has reached base safely for 21 games in a row.  He also scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th, after leading off the inning with a single.


Fuesser was hit hard.

Box Score

Result: Charleston 14, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (2-4, 3.00) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Mort, 2B (.212) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.250) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Fuesser had allowed 12 runs in 38 innings as a starter this year before today’s outing.


Mesa stole two bases.

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Brooklyn 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5.40) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Mesa, RF (.283) – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Taylor Lewis, CF (.192) – 0-for-1, 3 BB

Josh Poytress, LHP (1-2, 6.61) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dickerson hit his first pro homer.  Carlos Mesa has had a great month of July, hitting for a .327/.377/.612 line in 49 at-bats heading in to today’s game, along with two homers.


The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today for their All-Star game.  Raul Fortunato went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run.  Jesus Vasquez went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Diego Goris went 0-for-2.  Aneudy Merejo made a relief appearance, getting one out against the only batter he faced.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 53-50, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 42-58, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 48-53 Overall, 18-13 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 45-53 Overall, 10-20 2nd Half, 7th Place, 9.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 11-26, 6th Place, 10.0 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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