Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/25/11


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 (.301) - 1-for-4, HR

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) - 0-for-3

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 (9-4, 3.88) - Next Probable Start: 7/26

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


Top Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-7, 6.65) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.300) – 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (12), Starling Marte (6), Wes Freeman (4), Willy Garcia (3)


Bowker hit his 12th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 7, Rochester 6

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (3.81) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.300) – 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.318) – 2-for-6

Andy Marte, DH (.220) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Josh Harrison, 3B (.305) – 2-for-6

Game Notes: Josh Harrison won the game in the bottom of the 12th with a walk off single.  John Bowker hit his 12th homer of the year, and his 6th in the month of July.


Marte homered for the sixth time this season.

Box Score

Result: Reading 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (3.08) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.301) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Michael Colla, RHP (3.88) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Brock Holt, 2B (.281) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Marte hit his 6th homer of the year.  Michael Colla moved back to the bullpen, after being in the starting rotation for 16 starts this year.


Grossman now has a 13 game hitting streak.

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (2.97) – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.321) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Grossman now has a 13 game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in 22 games in a row.  He’s hitting for a .331/.494/.525 line in 118 at-bats since the Florida State League All-Star break.  Adalberto Santos has also been on fire lately, with eight multi-hit games in his last ten games.  He’s got a .385/.431/.585 line in 65 July at-bats.


Von Rosenberg had his second strong start in a row.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 1, Charleston 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-7, 6.65) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Lyles, 3B (.222) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (3.09) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.09) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In his last two starts, Von Rosenberg has gone 11 shutout innings, allowing five hits, no walks, and striking out nine.


Freeman hit his 4th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Brooklyn 9, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.34) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.353) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, RF (.187) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

Alex Fuselier, LF (.221) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Dickerson is 9-for-16 with three doubles, a triple, and a homer in his last four games.  Kingham has been doing well lately, with three runs allowed in 18 innings over his last four outings.



Garcia hit his third homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 12, Blue Jays 4

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (3.46) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Weilly Garcia, RF (.256) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hansen, SS (.286) – 2-for-3, SB

Jeff Clement, 1B (.214) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (1-0, 1.13) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Willy Garcia, who signed for $280 K out of the Dominican Prospect League last year, is hitting for a .314/.390/.608 line in 51 at-bats this month, with two homers.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Mets 7

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (1.42) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, LF (.386) – 3-for-5, 2B, BB, 3 SB

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.322) – 2-for-6, BB, 3 RBI, 3 K

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Reds 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, LHP (5.84) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, DH (.306) – 1-for-3, BB, 3 SB


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 54-50, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 42-59, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 48-54 Overall, 18-14 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 46-53 Overall, 11-20 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

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

RK: GCL Pirates – 20-11, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 30-16, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 34-25, 1st Place

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELCL3KCDU5CL5W3ON2YPYKZJSA ScottT

    Nice to see ZVR put up back-to-back strong outings. Also nice to see Kingham doing well.

  • Anonymous

    Grossman needs a month at a higher level. He’s blossomed this year.

    Thumbs up to ZVR as well.

  • John DiVito

    Break out ZVR! 

    Also, we need to find a new picture for Wes Freeman… he and Jeff Karstens must have the same problem with having pictures taken of them.

  • Anonymous

    So glad to see Grossman doing well. Another good future OF option

  • Anonymous

    Scouts at the Power game last night said Brooks Pounders was 93-96 mph in his first opportunity as a closer. He has quietly had a great year 54K/9BB and 1.11 WHIP. His K/9 innings sits at 9.6 and BB/9 innings is an impressive 1.6. Hoping to see him get moved up to Bradenton before the year ends.

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