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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/31/11

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 7/31/11


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 (.315) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 2-for-4, BB, 3 RBI

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

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-6, 4.76) – Next Probable Start: 8/5

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.92) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.26) – DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-6, 4.03) – Next Probable Start: 8/1

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


Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-2, 3.15) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.315) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Home Runs: John Bowker (13), Elias Diaz (2), Samuel Gonzalez (1)


Bowker hit his 13th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Gwinnett 11, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Brad Lincoln, RHP (7-8, 4.19) – 3.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.318) – 3-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.307) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Bowker hit his third homer in his last ten games, and finished the month of July with a .316/.361/.570 line, along with seven homers in 114 at-bats.  His homer today came off of top prospect Julio Teheran. In his last ten games, Hague has a .308/.386/.487 line in 39 at-bats, with one homer and two doubles.  Lincoln allowed five runs in the third inning.


Marte went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Portland 8, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (7-9, 4.38) – 3.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.315) – 3-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 2-for-4, BB, 3 RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.92) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Marte now has a nine game hitting streak, and a .385/.429/.667 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games.  Since being benched earlier in the week, he’s gone 8-for-16 at the plate, with four doubles.  Morris had a bad outing last week, allowing four earned runs in 1.1 innings.  Since then, Morris has pitched 2.1 innings in three appearances, allowing one hit, no walks, no earned runs, and striking out two.


Cabrera went 2-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Brevard County 1

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (2-6, 5.53) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, 1B (.269) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.290) – 1-for-3, BB, SB, 2 R

Ramon Cabrera, C (.352) – 2-for-5

Diego Moreno, RHP (4.01) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Duke Welker, RHP (2.39) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Grossman extended his on-base streak to 28 games.  He now has 101 runs on the season, as well as 94 walks, putting him six walks away from being the first minor leaguer since Nick Swisher in 2004 to score and walk 100 times each.  He also stole his 23rd base of the season.  Ramon Cabrera now has a .352/.422/.467 line in 227 at-bats this year.


Diaz hit his second homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 6, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-8, 6.58) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.201) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Kevin Decker, RHP (3.51) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Von Rosenberg was cruising until the fifth inning, when he gave up all three runs, as well as five of his seven hits.  Elias Diaz hit his second homer of the year.  Dan Grovatt went 1-for-4 and stole his 16th base of the year.


Kingham allowed a run in five innings.

Box Score

Result: State College 4, Lowell 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-2, 3.15) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Samuel Gonzalez, C (.305) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.296) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Kingham has been on fire lately, allowing four runs in 23 innings over his last five starts, with a 14:5 K/BB ratio.  Samuel Gonzalez hit his first homer of the year, and first in the US, after hitting three in the DSL last year.


The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL Pirates were off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 57-53, 3rd Place, 10.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 46-61, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 52-56 Overall, 22-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 48-55 Overall, 14-22 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 14-29, 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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  • ScottT

    Bowker is reminding me of last year’s Brandon Moss. I know he hasn’t proven it yet on the ML level, but he’s got to be an offensive upgrade over Garrett Jones. Bowker at AAA .307/.353/.502 with 55 K’s in 303 AB’s vs. Jones .230/.315/.404 and 66 K’s in 270 AB’s. Neither will probably be better than a AAAA player, but I think Bowker deserves a chance over Jones at this point. It may not matter once Presley comes back.

  • Bob

    I was at the game in Gwinnett, great to see some of our young guys in action.  Bowker’s HR was a bomb, a little disappointed in Lincoln’s start though.  Hague looked good but seems like he is another year away from making impact in the show, Mercer probably shouldn’t be in AAA, Andy Marte should be DFA’d. 

  • Anonymous

    Robbie Grossman seems to be showing a LOT.  Tim, have you talked to anybody within the PBC, or other scouts, about Grossman; does he have the tools for the big stage?

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