Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/11/11

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 (.322) -  2-4, HR, BB

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) - 2-5, 2B

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, 3.77) -  1 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K 0 HR

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) - Next probable start 8/16

Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson(2.70) 6 IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 3 K 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman(.298) 4-5,3 2B, 3 runs

Home Runs:  Jesus Vasquez (11) Starling Marte (10) Daniel Grovatt (6) Maximo Rivera (5,6) Diego Goris (3,4) Jason Jaramillo (2)

Jordy Mercer drove in 4 runs

Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 9 Columbus 1

Starting Pitcher:  Brian Burres(4.76) 6 IP 6 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 5 K 1 HR

Top Hitter:  Jordy Mercer(.241), 2-4, 3B, 2 runs, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Harrison(.315), 2-3, 2 runs, 2B, walk

Matt Hague(.321) 3-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Jason Jaramillo(.269) 3-5, HR, 3 RBI

Game Notes:  Jose Tabata went 0-4 in his 7th rehab game for Indianapolis, he is now batting .333 after 21 AB’s.  Indy scored 6 runs in the final two innings. Daniel Moskos and Jose Ascanio threw a combined 3 shutout innings in relief. The win for Burres was his first since June 23.


Marte homered for the third time in his last 6 games

Box Score

Result: New Britain 6 Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher:  Kyle McPherson 5 IP 7 H 6 R 3 ER 1 BB 5 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Starling Marte(.322) 2-4, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

 Tony Sanchez(.240) 2-5, 2B,RBI

Game Notes:  McPherson gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning. Five of the first six batters he faced reached base, one by error and three of the runs were unearned. Tony Sanchez grounded out with the tying run on base in the 9th to end the game. Andrew Lambo singled home two runs in the previous AB to bring the Curve within one run. 

Box Score Game One

Result: Ft Myers 6 Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher:  Jhonathan Ramos(3.72) 3 IP 4 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 1 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Chase d’Arnaud(.333) 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Other Notable Performers

 Alex Presley(.167) 0-3, BB, 2 runs

Game Notes:  Alex Presley on rehab is 1-6, BB after his first two games. Bradenton scored 4 runs in the 5th inning, Ramon Cabrera, Evan Chambers and Elevys Gonzalez all had one RBI. Bradenton lost in the bottom of the 7th when Duke Welker came in with a man on 3B and the first batter he faced grounded to Welker. Duke threw to 3B Elevys Gonzalez who missed the catch and allowed the winning run to score

Box Score Game Two 

Game two was suspended in the top of the 4th inning with no score. The game has been canceled as the two teams do not meet again this season. The stats do not count towards season totals

Box Score

Result:  West Virginia 4 Charleston 0

Starting Pitcher:  Zack Dodson(2.70) 6IP 3 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 3 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Daniel Grovatt(.274) 1-3, HR, 2 runs, BB

Other Notable Performers

 Mel Rojas Jr (.254) 1-4, run

Game Notes:  Zack Dodson won his 2nd straight start since returning to West Virginia last week. Casey Sadler threw 2 shutout innings with 3 strikeouts. Jason Townsend finished the game with a perfect 9th. The Power scored 3 runs in the 4th inning, two courtesy of a bases loaded double from Elias Diaz. Kevin Mort brought home the other run with an RBI groundout.

Box Score

Result: State College 5 Aberdeen 4

Starting Pitcher:  Trent Stevenson(5.00) 6 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 1 BB 1 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Wes Freeman(.298) 4-5, 3 runs, 3 doubles

Other Notable Performers

 Samuel Gonzalez(.318) 3-4

Alex Dickerson(.286) 2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Game Notes:  The Spikes won the game in 10 innings. Orlando Castro pitched 2 scoreless innings. Vincent Payne picked up his 2nd win with a scoreless 10th innings. Wes Freeman was named the NYPL all-star game prior to the start of the game. He is now batting .447 in 11 August games

Box Score Game One

Result:  Braves 5 Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher:  Cesar Lopez(4.66) 3.2 IP 7 H 4 R 4 ER 0 BB 1 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jodaneli Carvajal(.264) 2-4,run

Other Notable Performers

 Willy Garcia(.281) 1-3, run

Rodarrick Jones(.333) 1-2

Game Notes:  Jones, the 2011 37th round draft pick was playing in his 2nd professional game since signing last week. He picked up an outfield assist but was replaced defensively in the 4th inning. Wilson Lee pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Lopez picked up his first loss as a pro.

Box Score Game Two

Results: Pirates 2 Braves 1

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman (4.32) 4 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 4 K 0 HR

Top Hitter: Exicardo Cayones(.241) 2-2, 3B, BB

Other Notables Performers

 Jodaneli Carvajal(.273) 2-3,run

Luis Urena(.266) 1-2, 2B

Game Notes: Logan Pevny pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief. Miguel Mendez pitched a scoreless 7th inning for his 6th save. Weidman hit 3 Braves batters.

RK: DSL Pirates
Box Score Game One

Result: Astros 14 Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher:  Ramon Rodriguez(5.40) 2 IP 3 H 5 R 5 ER 1 BB 1 K 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Diego Goris(.348) 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

 Maximo Rivera(.229) 1-3, HR, BB

Game Notes:  Rivera has now hit 4 home runs in his last 6 games after hitting just two in the first 85 games of his career. Raul Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 36 games with a single in his last AB of the game.

Box Score Game Two

Results: Pirates 13 Astros 1

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel(1.96) 5 IP 3 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 9 K 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris(.349), 2-5, 2B, HR, 7 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robertson Valdez(.157) 2-3, 2 runs, 2B, RBI

Maximo Rivera(.230) 1-4, HR, BB

Jesus Vasquez(.359) 1-4, HR

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato’s hitting streak ended at 36 games after he left the game in the 3rd inning following a hit by pitch. He was replaced by a pinch runner. Pimentel is an 18 year old LHP making just his 2nd pro start. His first one he threw 4 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts. Adrian Grullon, an 18 year old RHP made his pro debut pitching 2 scoreless innings.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL season is complete


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 63-57, 2nd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 52-64, 6th Place, 13.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 58-58 Overall, 28-18 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 55-59 Overall, 20-26 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 22-32, 6th Place, 10.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 26-20, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 38-22, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, 1st Place

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Lee Young

    Wow! Has the light gone on for Wes Freeman, or what?

    Re: T Sanchez……Sometimes I wonder if he just hasn’t gotten over his injury mentally, as his whole game has suffered. Herb Score never made it back.

  • Brian Bernard

    Ok maybe I’m the only one, but who is Diego Goris and his .350 ave with 2 bombs and 9 rbi in a double header??? I don’t remember much news on this kid?

    What’s a kid gotta do to get profiled??? To quote MNF guys… C’mon man! lol

    • Anonymous

         The reason we don’t talk much about Goris is that he is a 4th year player in the DSL. Not only does that make him older than the average competition but he has to put up a season like he is just to get consideration to be promoted to the states. Usually it’s not a good sign to see a kid in his 4th year but what he did yesterday certainly helps his chances. I imagine at this point he will at least get a chance in the GCL next year but at his age he should be in the low-A by then

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