Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/28/11


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) - Next Probable Start: 8/1

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 4.70) - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.308) - 2-for-5

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.233) - 0-for-3, BB, R

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.78) - 0.0 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

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

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.99) - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

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

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-6, 4.03) - Next Probable Start: 7/31

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.41) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR


Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-1, 4.78) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, 2B (.284) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Home Runs: Matt Curry (5), Raul Fortunato (5)


Olson allowed a run in five innings.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Charlotte 1

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (4-0, 2.48) – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.304) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Harrison, 2B (.307) – 1-for-4, 2B

Matt Hague, 1B (.314) – 1-for-4, 2B

Tim Wood, RHP (3.41) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.31) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Matt Hague hit his 31st double of the year.  Ryan Doumit went 0-for-3 in a rehab appearance.  He’s now 0-for-10 in his three games with Indianapolis. Jared Hughes was featuring a 96 MPH sinker, and now has a 2.31 ERA in 24.1 innings in AAA, with a 27:11 K/BB ratio.


Holt went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Portland 4

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4.41) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, 2B (.284) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.308) – 2-for-5

Andrew Lambo, RF (.230) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Matt Curry, 1B (.275) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.99) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Curry hit his fifth homer of the year at the AA level.  Locke has allowed two earned runs in each of his last three starts.  He has a 10:4 K/BB ratio in those outings, spanning 18 innings.  Tony Sanchez is 3-for-24 in his last seven games.


Cumpton was perfect through four.

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 3, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (1-1, 4.78) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.283) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.343) – 2-for-4, 2B

Duke Welker, RHP (2.44) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Cumpton was perfect until the fifth inning, when he gave up a single to lead off the frame.  The eight strikeouts were the most he’s put up in high-A, topping the six strikeouts in six innings that he had in his second start of the year.


Waldron allowed four runs in six innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Lakewood 5

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (7-6, 4.82) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.247) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (4.02) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.251) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Five of the nine West Virginia hitters had multi-hit games.  Waldron had a 6.33 ERA in 21.1 innings in July, heading in to the game, with a 16:8 K/BB ratio.  Pounders has allowed 3 runs in 16.2 innings over his last eight outings, with a 21:3 K/BB ratio.


Allie left without recording an out today.

Box Score

Result: Tri-City 9, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.78) – 0.0 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, PH-LF, (.207) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Trent Stevenson, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: State College couldn’t rebound after Allie fell apart in the first.  He allowed a leadoff double, followed by a runner reaching via error.  He then allowed a walk, followed by two hit batters to bring in two runs.  Vincent Payne came in and allowed three more runs to score, giving up three straight singles.  Eight of the nine runs allowed came in the first inning.  Trent Stevenson had a good result in his first appearance since being demoted from West Virginia earlier in the week.


Game One Box Score

Result: Tigers 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (4.70) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, DH (.387) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Game Notes: This was the conclusion of yesterday’s suspended game.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Tigers 7

Starting Pitcher: Jackson Lodge, LHP (5.29) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, 2B (.290) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, SS 9.219) – 2-for-5, 2B

Jonathan Schwind, C (.403) – 3-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Exicardo Cayonez, LF (.167) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Jeff Clement, DH (.308) – 2-for-4, 2B

Jason Creasy, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Isaac Sanchez, RHP (3-0, 1.59) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: 2011 8th round pick Jason Creasy made his pro debut, pitching a perfect inning.  Alen Hanson has cooled in July, with a .236/.317/.347 line in 72 at-bats, but had a big day today.  Jeff Clement has a five game hitting streak, and is 8-for-19 in that stretch with four doubles.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Dodgers 4

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (2.27) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.337) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jesus Vasquez, LF (.395) – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 25 games, and hit his 5th homer of the year.  He’s hitting for a .424/.479/.659 line in 85 at-bats in July, and has a hit in all 23 games.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Mariners 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza, RHP (4.55) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Bealyn Chourio, SS (.177) – 2-for-3, RBI


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 55-52, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 45-59, 6th Place, 13.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 49-56 Overall, 19-16 2nd Half, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB

A: West Virginia Power – 48-53 Overall, 13-20 2nd Half, 7th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 12-28, 6th Place, 10.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 21-13, 2nd Place, 2.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 30-18, T-2nd Place, 1.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 36-27, 1st Place

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  • Anonymous

    Great to see Cumpton have a good outing. Looks to have his stuff back. Also great to see Stevenson do well in his first appearance at State College. Pounders continues to dominate, with the exception of the home runs. When will they move this kid up a level? 59/9 K/BB ratio is 9.9 K per 9 innings and 1.5 BB per 9 innings and has to be leading the organization. Curry having a solid year. Things looking up in the organization.

  • Anonymous

    It would be nice if we could get something for Allie and Alvarez, I wonder if they still have any value

  • Anonymous

    Jeff Karstens is a top of the rotation pitcher and doesn’t have ‘top of the rotation stuff” Scouts tend to concentrate too much on tools, and not enough on getting guys out.

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      There’s a difference between being a “top of the rotation pitcher” and putting up numbers one year like a top of the rotation pitcher.  If Karstens can continue putting up these numbers for the rest of his career, then he’s a top of the rotation pitcher.  For now, he’s benefitting from an extremely high strand rate (84.9%), as well as a low BABIP (.243).  Neither of those are sustainable over an entire career.

  • Anonymous

    He’s clearly putting up ACE numbers. So is Jair Jurrjens who typically throws 91-92, Roy Halliday, 93 MPH, Cole Hamels 93-94. How many guys who throw straight 98 MPH fastballs without much control, guys like Allie, truly make it? I will take a prospect who can actually pitch over a shot in the dark with Stetson Allie.

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