Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/30/11


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) - Next Probable Start: 8/3

3. Starling Marte, CF (.310) - 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.234) - 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.78) - Next Probable Start: 8/2

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-6, 4.76) - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.99) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.26) - DNP

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.41) - Next Probable Start: 8/3


Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (5-3, 2.88) – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.240) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (9), Josh Harrison (4), Evan Chambers (11), Jose Roman (4)



Hague hit his 9th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Gwinnett 5

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (9-6, 4.76) – 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B (.306) – 2-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.313) – 1-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI

John Bowker, LF (.309) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Andy Marte, 3B (.219) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Game Notes: Owens was looking good through four, then gave up four runs in the fifth inning.  Matt Hague hit his 9th homer of the year.  Harrison hit his fourth of the year.  Gorkys Hernandez made a nice catch in center field to rob a home run.  Ryan Doumit went 1-for-4 with a walk in a rehab appearance.



McPherson struck out ten.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Portland 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (5-3, 2.88) – 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.310) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry, 1B (.275) – 2-for-4, 2B

Tony Sanchez, (.234) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: In his first ten starts at the AA level, McPherson has a 2.88 ERA in 56.1 innings, with a 56:14 K/BB ratio.  Tonight was the first time he recorded double digit strikeouts since July 9th, 2010, when he struck out 11 in 5.2 innings.  Starling Marte has an eight game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .342/.381/.579 line in his last ten games.  Matt Curry continues with his strong July, hitting for a .324/.376/.510 line in 102 at-bats.



Chambers hit his 11th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Brevard County 0

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (3-3, 2.64) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.240) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, DH (.351) – 2-for-2, 3 BB, SB, 2 RBI

Robbie Grossman, RF (.289) – 1-for-5, 2B, R

Game Notes: Grossman’s run gave him 99 on the season, breaking the Pirates’ high-A single season record for most runs, set in 2005 by Pat Magness.  Grossman is one run away from 100, and 7 walks away from the century mark.  If he gets both, he will be the first minor leaguer since Nick Swisher in 2004 to reach 100 runs and 100 walks in a season.  He also extended his on-base streak to 27 games, which is ten fewer than his season best 37 game on-base streak earlier in the year.  Evan Chambers hit his 11th homer.



Emsley-Pai went 3-for-3.

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.14) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kawika Emsley-Pai, C (.278) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.96) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (3.16) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Drew Maggi, SS (.249) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Game Notes: Maggi stole his 26th base of the season.  Fuesser has struggled lately, with 16 earned runs in 21 innings.


Box Score

Result: State College 3, Lowell 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4.58) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, CF (.233) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (2-2, 5.59) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Freeman has a hit in seven of his last eight games, going 11-for-31 in that span.  He hasn’t drawn a walk, but does have four homers in that stretch.  Poytress has allowed one run in 8.1 innings over his last three appearances.


Box Score

Result: Braves 8, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (4.76) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, RF (.229) – 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Dylan Child, C (.267) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Yhonatan Herrand, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Herrand made his second appearance in the US, and combined has two shutout innings with one walk allowed.  The right hander signed for $185 K last year, and was touching 97 MPH with his fastball in the Spring.  Jeff Clement went 0-for-4 in a rehab appearance.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 1, Rays 0

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (1-1, 1.13) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.344) – 1-for-2, 2B

Game Notes: The game was completed early.  Fortunato had the only hit of the game for the Pirates, extending his hitting streak to 27 games.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Rays 6, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (5.48) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.368) – 3-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Roman, 1B (.321) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Roman hit his 4th homer of the year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 57-52, 3rd Place, 9.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 46-60, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 51-56 Overall, 21-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 48-54 Overall, 14-21 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 13-29, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 21-15, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 32-18, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 36-29, 1st Place

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