Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/9/11


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, 3.66) - 2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-0, 2.70) - Next Probable Start: 7/14

3. Starling Marte, CF (.314) - DNP

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) - 2-for-7

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, 3.65) - 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.15) - 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (5-8, 4.67) - 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR


Top Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (4-9, 5.24) – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, CF (.218) – 2-for-7, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (1), Quincy Latimore 2 (11), Aaron Baker (11), Elevys Gonzalez (3), Jesus Vasquez (5)



Mercer hit his first AAA homer.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Louisville 0

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (4-9, 5.24) – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.222) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.324) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Jordy Mercer hit his first homer at the AAA level.  Matt Hague hit his 25th double of the year.  Gallagher had easily his best start of the year.


Latimore hit two homers.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 12, Altoona 10

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4.67) – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, CF (.218) – 2-for-7, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.65) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Matt Curry, 1B (.261) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Altoona lost in 13 innings, after coming back with a four run ninth inning.  Noah Krol and Michael Dubee combined to allow six runs in the top of the ninth inning, putting Bowie up 10-6.  Altoona scored four in the bottom of the ninth, with Quincy Latimore hitting a two run homer, his second homer of the game, and 11th of the year.  Altoona lost when Tim Alderson allowed two runs in the 13th, giving him two runs allowed in four innings.  Joe Beimel made a rehab appearance, getting one out in the eighth, and leaving the bases loaded.  Morris has now gone 13.2 innings without an earned run since moving full time to the bullpen.  He has a 17:3 K/BB ratio in that stretch.



Gonzalez combined to go 4-for-7 today with a homer.

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Lakeland 2

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (4-5, 2.87) – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Aaron Baker, 1B (.292) – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.283) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.289) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Aaron Baker hit his 11th homer of the year.  Grossman stole his 19th base of the season.  Lorin pitched a complete game in the first part of a double header.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Lakeland 5, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Jason Erickson, RHP (1-2, 4.85) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Kelson Brown, SS (.256) – 1-for-3, SB

Game Notes: The homer for Gonzalez was his third of the year.  He also hit his 24th double of the season.



Taillon was hammered today.

Game One Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 9, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 3.66) – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.248) – 2-for-3, 3B, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Cole White, 1B (.317) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Mel Rojas Jr. and Drew Maggi each stole a base, giving Rojas 16 and Maggi 20 on the year.  Taillon had a rough start, the first time he allowed more than four earned runs in a game, and the second time in the last ten games that he allowed more than one walk.


Cain allowed one run in 2.2 innings.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Hagerstown 5, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.15) – 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, LF (.254) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (7.39) – 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The West Virginia offense only managed four hits.



Lashmet went 3-for-3 with two walks.

Box Score

Result: Batavia 9, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Michael Jefferson, LHP (6.48) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris Lashmet, 3B (.281) – 3-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Justin Bencsko, LF (.349) – 2-for-4, 2 SB

Game Notes: Joan Montero allowed seven runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings.  Two of those runs were inherited by Jesus Brito.



Dodson pitched four shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Phillies 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (4.15) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.188) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jimy Hernandez, RHP (2-1, 5.06) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jose Osuna, DH (.377) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Dodson made another rehab start.  Based on his innings, it looks like he is close to returning to West Virginia.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Yankees 4

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Vilchez, RHP (1-1, 2.55) – 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, RF (.346) – 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Diego Goris, 2B (.378) – 2-for-3, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato stole his 19th base of the year.Vasquez hit his 5th homer of the year.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Reds 0

Starting Pitcher: Oderman Rocha, RHP (4-0, 3.23) – 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgar Munoz, LF (.347) – 1-for-2, BB, SB


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 46-45, 3rd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 37-50, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 40-47 Overall, 10-7 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 41-44 Overall, 6-11 2nd Half, 7th Place, 5.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 5-18, 6th Place, 10.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 11-7, T-1st Place

RK: DSL Pirates – 20-12, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 28-19, 1st Place

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