Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/8/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 (.314) - 1-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.244) - 1-for-3

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) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-6, 3.14) - Next Probable Start: 7/9

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-4, 4.01) - Next Probable Start: 7/15

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (7-7, 3.91) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.324) – 3-for-4, 3 2B

Home Runs: None

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Lincoln had a great start tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 10, Louisville 1

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (7-7, 3.91) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.324) – 3-for-4, 3 2B

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.302) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.294) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 K

Michael Crotta, RHP (3.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Indianapolis offense combined for 11 doubles, with seven coming from Hague, Alvarez, and Bowker.  Hague now has 24 doubles on the year, including 16 in June and July.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

McPherson was hit hard tonight.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 6, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (2-3, 3.58) – 6.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.288) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.230) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Kyle McPherson was hit hard tonight, allowing three runs in the second inning.  According to reports from the game, he was leaving his fastball up, only hitting around 90 (the Altoona gun is slow), and was also leaving his breaking ball up.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was postponed today.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was postponed today.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Skirving went 2-for-4 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Batavia 4, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (4.95) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Skirving, C (.289) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (6.43) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Taylor Lewis, CF (.220) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: State College lost in the bottom of the ninth when Rinku Singh gave up two runs, including a walk off RBI double.  State College had four errors.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Heredia had some control problems today.

Box Score

Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 5.00) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jared Lakind, 1B (.154) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.328) – 1-for-4, BB, SB

Cristopher Richardson, LHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Heredia ran in to trouble in the second.  He started off with three straight walks.  He got the next batter to strike out looking, then allowed a sacrifice fly to bring in the first run.  Heredia wasn’t able to escape the jam, allowing a two RBI double to the next batter.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates results weren’t uploaded last night.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Phillies 3, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, LHP (3.24) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.380) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Dilson Herrera, 3B (.295) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Montilla now has five straight multi-hit games.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 45-45, 3rd Place, 14.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-49, 6th Place, 14.5 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 – 5-17, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 10-7, 3rd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 19-11, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 27-19, 1st Place

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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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  • Lee Young

    Gonna be interesting to see how Heredia bounces back from this bad outing.

  • Anonymous

    Lincoln is certainly making his case for a job in the Burgh.