Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/10/11


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, 4.52) - Next Probable Start: 8/13

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.48) - Next Probable Start: 8/13

3. Starling Marte, CF (.320) - 6-for-8, 2B, RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 2-for-7, 2 BB, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.59) - DNP

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-7, 5.05) - On AAA DL

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.84) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.69) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.07) - DNP

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (7-8, 4.03) - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR


Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (7-8, 4.03) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.320) – 6-for-8, 2B, RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (11), Josh Harrison (5), Josh Rodriguez (5)


Tabata went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Columbus 1

Starting Pitcher: Tony Watson, LHP (2.37) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF (.412) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.317) – 1-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Josh Harrison, 3B (.311) – 1-for-5, HR

Jordy Mercer, 2B (.234) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Aaron Thompson, LHP (1-0, 2.45) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jose Tabata made his second straight start in right field, and had a big night at the plate.  Aaron Thompson made his 2011 AAA debut, after being promoted to the level earlier today.  Jordy Mercer now has 11 doubles in 137 AAA at-bats, giving him 28 total doubles between AA and AAA in 402 at-bats.  He’s topped 30 doubles in each of the last two seasons.


Marte went 6-for-8 in today's double header.

Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, New Britain 0

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (7-8, 4.03) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.316) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, 2B (.283) – 2-for-3, 2B

Matt Curry, 1B (.268) – 1-for-2, BB, RBI

Tim Alderson, RHP (3.71) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Locke has allowed seven earned runs in 30.2 innings over his last five starts, with a 22:8 K/BB ratio.  That follows two starts in early July when he combined for ten earned runs in 10.2 innings.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 14, New Britain 1

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (5-8, 3.72) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.284) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.320) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Andrew Lambo, RF (.269) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Quincy Latimore, LF (.224) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Every starter in the Altoona lineup recorded at least one hit.  Starling Marte has a .372 average since July 16th, spanning 94 at-bats.  The downside is that he only has one walk in this time span.  The upside is that he has been hitting for power, with a .585 slugging percentage, and four homers.  He’s also only struck out 19 times, for a 20% strikeout rate.


Bradenton was postponed.


Maggi went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Charleston 7, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3-5, 3.10) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.261) – 3-for-4, BB

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.254) – 1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Porfirio Lopez, LHP (4.11) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Victor Black, RHP (5.28) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia took a 3-0 lead in the first, but allowed six runs in the next three innings, with three of those runs due to errors.  Drew Maggi has a modest seven game hitting streak, and is 14-for-32 in that time span.  Rojas hit his fifth triple of the year.


Kingham had the longest outing of his career.

Box Score

Result: Aberdeen 5, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2.65) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.279) – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.273) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Kingham made the longest start of his career.  After tonight’s start he’s up to 51 innings on the season.  Last year, Tyler Waldron had the most innings at the State College level with 64.2.  Zack Von Rosenberg had the most for a pitcher out of high school with 59.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kingham limited over the final few weeks.  Jesus Brito gave up four runs in 1.2 innings.  Wes Freeman now has a ten game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .405/.479/.619 line in those ten games, with a 7:6 K/BB ratio in 42 at-bats.


The GCL Pirates were postponed today.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Rays 7, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (0-1, 0.00) – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Galvez, DH (.333) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: The VSL Pirates lost the deciding game of the VSL Championship series.  The Pirates only managed four hits at the plate.  They gave up two unearned runs in the third, and came back to score one run in the fifth.  However, three runs between the next two innings put the game out of reach, and two insurance runs by the Rays in the top of the ninth sealed the deal.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 62-57, 2nd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 52-63, 6th Place, 12.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 58-57 Overall, 28-17 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 53-59 Overall, 19-26 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 21-32, 6th Place, 10.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 25-19, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 37-21, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, 1st Place

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  • Charlie Grinn

    That taste of the bigs for Harrison has helped him a lot. His confidence is good now that he knows he can hit big league pitching. I think it will improve him for the next time he comes up. I bet d’Arnaud gets optioned to triple A when his rehab ends, and that is for the best. Mercer should stay in Indy though, he is slowly adjusting to the pitching. He has much better power upside than d’Arnaud.

    • Anonymous

      Charlie, I for one like Mercer better then D’arnaud. In the long run I think he profiles as the better of the two. He is solid defensively and has some power. D’arnaud edges him out when it comes to speed, but a middle infielder that could hit 15-18 homers with 25+ doubles per season is hard to find. Hopefully Mercer can get his K-rate down to a respectable level. I think that will be the difference with him ending up as a bench player or a starter…

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see Jeff Locke in Indy before the end of the season. I know he hasn’t had the best season but he has improved a lot lately and I want to see how he does against better competition. I think we will get a better idea if he is a starter or a reliever moving forward…

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