Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/1/11


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, 4.39) - 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 4.70) - Next Probable Start: 8/3

3. Starling Marte, CF (.315) - DNP

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) - DNP

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) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.26) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.14) - 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Diomedes Mateo, LHP (2-1, 5.46) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.245) – 3-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Home Runs: Justin Howard (6), Wes Freeman (6), Matt Skirving (2)


Wilson allowed three runs in 3.2 innings.

Box Score

Result: Gwinnett 12, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.14) – 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS (.184) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Doumit, C (.182) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Daniel Moskos, LHP (2.92) – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.19) – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Doumit has hits in his last three rehab starts.  Brian Burres was hit around for six runs on five hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.  Jeff Clement made his 2011 AAA debut with a pinch hit double.


Altoona was off today.


Bradenton was postponed.


Howard went 3-for-3 with his sixth homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Greensboro 6

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.39) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, 1B (.257) – 3-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Justin Bencsko, DH (1.000) – 3-for-3, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Rogelios Noris, LF (.225) – 2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.97) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Taillon gave up his runs in the first inning, then had an easy second inning, striking out his first two batters, allowing a single, then getting a ground out.  Brooks Pounders had another strong outing, and has now allowed four earned runs in 16.2 innings over his last eight appearances.  He also has a 21:3 K/BB ratio in that stretch.  Justin Bencsko made a nice debut for West Virginia, after being promoted from State College earlier today.


Freeman has been swinging a hot bat lately, with five homers in his last ten games.

Box Score

Result: State College 11, Lowell 8

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (6.43) – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.245) – 3-for-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Samuel Gonzalez, DH (.321) – 3-for-4, 3 RBI

Matt Skirving, C (.258) – 3-for-5, HR, RBI, SB

Orlando Castro, LHP (2-0, 5.54) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jordan Cooper, RHP (7.02) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Freeman has been on fire lately, with a .359/.375/.769 line in 39 at-bats over his last ten games, along with five homers.  His strikeouts are down in that time frame, although the walk today was his first in that stretch, and only his third of the season in just over 100 plate appearances.  Orlando Castro has been rotating between good and bad outings in his first four starts in State College.


Hanson went 3-for-5 with two steals.

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Phillies 1

Starting Pitcher: Diomedes Mateo, LHP (2-1, 5.46) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.294) – 3-for-5, 2 SB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.245) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Exicardo Cayonez, LF (.226) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Mateo looked good in his first start of the year, after allowing three runs in six innings over his last three outings in relief.  Alen Hanson struggled in July, with a .228 average and a .645 OPS, but has been hitting lately, with a .314/.368/.429 line in his last ten games.  Hanson also stole two bases, giving him 15 on the year.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Astros 1

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (3-2, 2.66) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yerfaine Gerald, RF (.244) – 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jesus Vasquez, LF (.392) – 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato wet 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 28 games.  That’s impressive on it’s own, although the last two outings have been called early, giving him less time to get a hit.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 2, Phillies 1

Starting Pitcher: Oscar Calderin, LHP (4.91) – 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgar Munoz, LF (.357) – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Dilson Herrera stole his 15th base of the season.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 57-54, 3rd Place, 11.5 GB

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

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

A: West Virginia Power – 49-55 Overall, 15-22 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 15-29, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 22-15, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 33-18, T-1st Place

RK: VSL Pirates – 37-29, 1st Place

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    Why only 2 innings for Taillion?   That seems strange

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