Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/7/11


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 (2-1, 2.74) - Next Probable Start: 7/9

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 2.70) - Next Probable Start: 7/8

3. Starling Marte, CF (.315) - DNP

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.243) - 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 4.85) - Next Probable Start: 7/11

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (6-6, 5.27) - Next Probable Start: 7/14

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-3, 3.80) - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-6, 3.14) - Next Probable Start: 7/8

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 4.01) - 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.57) - Next Probable Start: 7/9


Top Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.288) – 4-for-7, 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Mel Rojas Jr. (4), Yhonathan Barrios (1), Jonathan Schwind (1), Jose Roman (2)


Wilson pitched five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Anthony Norman, RF (.333) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.300) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Corey Wimberly, 2B (.241) – 2-for-5, SB

Game Notes: Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with a walk in a rehab appearance.  Matt Hague has been in a slump lately, going 1-for-19 with five strikeouts in his last five games.


Holt went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Akron 4, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (4-5, 3.47) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, 2B (.286) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.243) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.80) – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Eight of the nine Altoona starters recorded hits tonight, although the team only scored two runs.  Colla, who looked great in the rotation initially, struggled in June, with a 4.85 ERA in 29.2 innings, and has allowed six runs in 11 innings in two July starts.  His biggest issue has been the long ball, with nine homers allowed in his last 40.2 innings.


Baker went 4-for-7 with two doubles and a triple in today's double header.

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Palm Beach 4

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3.94) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.284) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.282) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

David Rubinstein, (.271) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton won in eight innings (double header games normally go seven innings), after a two run inning in the top of the eighth, led off by an Aaron Baker double.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 8, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (1-4, 4.63) – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.288) – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.285) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton allowed all eight runs in the fifth inning.  Three inherited runs scored off of Jhonathan Ramos, who also allowed three unearned runs of his own.


Rojas homered for the second straight night.

Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (1.89) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr. (.263) – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (2.50) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Rojas homered for the second night in a row, giving him four on the year.  He also stole his 15th base of the season.  Fuesser has allowed just four earned runs in his last 31 innings (1.16 ERA), including two runs in 17 innings since making the switch to the rotation.  He also has a 19:3 K/BB ratio in his time as a starter.


Lewis hit his fifth triple of the year.

Box Score

Result: Batavia 16, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Jordan Cooper, RHP (0-1, 16.88) – 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, CF (.214) – 1-for-3, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Samuel Gonzalez, C (.341) – 1-for-2, 2 BB

Game Notes: State College allowed a run in every inning but the first, with the bullpen giving up ten runs after Cooper was hit for six in 2.2 innings.  Taylor Lewis hit his fifth triple of the year.


Barrios hit his first homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Braves 2

Starting Pitcher: Orlando Castro, LHP (2-0, 0.90) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yhonathan Barrios, 3B (.375) – 2-for-3, HR, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jonathan Schwind, DH (.353) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Gavi Nivar, CF (.320) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Barrios hit his first homer of the year, and stole his fifth base.  Orlando Castro has now allowed just two runs on 14 hits in 20 innings, with a 17:2 K/BB ratio.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates results weren’t uploaded last night.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Rays 13, Pirates 9

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza, RHP (5.03) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Roman, DH (.333) – 4-for-4, 2 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.377) – 2-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Roman hit his second home run of the year.  Montilla is 9-for-16 in July.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 44-45, 3rd Place, 14.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-48, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 39-46 Overall, 9-6 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 41-42 Overall, 6-9 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 3.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 5-16, 6th Place, 8.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 10-6, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 19-10, 1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 27-18, 1st Place

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Anonymous

     spikes need some players, they really only have 2 legit prospects in allie and kingham.

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