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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/26/11

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/26/11


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, 4.11) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.305) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) – DNP

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

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (8-6, 4.63) – Next Probable Start: 7/29

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.93) – DNP

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

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-6, 4.03) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (7-8, 4.03) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, DH (.278) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Josh Harrison (3), Starling Marte (7), Cole White (5), Ulises Montilla (3), Jose Roman (3)



Harrison went 2-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Charlotte 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (9-6, 4.03) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.310) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.299) – 1-for-4, 2B

Jose Ascanio, RHP (6.86) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis scored three runs in the top of the first, and didn’t add another run until Josh Harrison hit a solo homer in the eighth inning.  Ryan Doumit moved his rehab work up to AAA.  He caught tonight, and is expected to rotate every day between catching and designated hitter duties.



Pribanic went a strong seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Reading 0

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (7-8, 4.03) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.305) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Marte homered for the second night in a row, hitting his seventh of the year.  Pribanic, after putting up an 8.74 ERA in 22.2 innings in June, has a 3.90 ERA in 30 innings this month.



Grossman extended his hitting streak to 14.

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 10, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Brian Leach, RHP (1-4, 8.60) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.294) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.229) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Robbie Grossman extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and his on-base streak is now at 23 games in a row.  He hit his 23rd double of the year, and stole his 21st base.



Taillon struck out seven in four innings today.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Charleston 4

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.11) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, DH (.278) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (3.04) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon sat through a 2:11 delay before the same started, then came out and dominated, with seven strikeouts in four innings, the most he’s had since striking out eight in 4.2 innings on June 14th.  He didn’t allow a run today until the 4th inning, on a two run homer to top Yankees prospect Gary Sanchez.  Taillon has allowed four runs in nine innings over his last two starts, mostly due to homers, but has a 13:1 K/BB ratio in that stretch.  Cole White hit his fifth homer of the year, and his fourth of the month of July, spanning 81 at-bats.


The State College Spikes were off today.


Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 9, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Bryton Trepagnier, RHP (1-3, 6.65) – 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jorge Bishop, SS-3B (.179) – 2-for-4, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, DH (.278) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Trepagnier was hit hard, allowing three runs in the first, one in the second, and two in the third, before being pulled.  Jeff Clement made his fifth rehab appearance.  He’s got five hits in his last three games, with three doubles.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Red Sox 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR)

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.330) – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Fortunato stole his 26th base of the season.  He’s currently got a 23 game hitting streak, spanning since late June.  In the month of July, he’s hitting for a .416/.477/.636 line in 77 at-bats.

RK: VSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 9, Tigers 8

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, LHP (2-1, 3.23) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.363) – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Roma, 1B (.321) – 2-for-3, HR, BB, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Montilla and Roman each hit their third homers of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Tigers 15, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Oscar Calderin, LHP (1-2, 6.26) – 1.2 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Salazar, SS-3B (.235) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Dilson Herrera had three errors at third base, all three throwing errors.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 54-51, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 43-59, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 48-55 Overall, 18-15 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 47-53 Overall, 12-20 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 11-27, 6th Place, 10.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 20-12, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 30-17, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 35-26, 1st Place

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  • sam

    When the season is all wrapped up I would have to imagine that Grossman is gonna fly up the rankings, right?  Where do you think he’ll land?  I know he tumbled a bit after last year but he seems to have really put it together.

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