Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/12/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 (.321) -  1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) - DNP

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) -  DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.69) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.03) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (7-8, 4.03) - Next probable start 8/16

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (3-0, 0.68) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.305) – 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (15), Robbie Grossman (10), Dan Grovatt (7)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Bowker hit his 15th homer tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (3.04) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, LF (.305) – 3-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tony Watson, LHP (3-3, 2.23) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Justin Wilson, LHP (4.03) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jason Jaramillo, C (.276) – 2-for-4, R

Game Notes: Bowker hit his 15th homer of the year in the 8th inning, giving Indianapolis a 3-2 lead.  Alex Presley went 0-for-4 with a walk in a rehab appearance.  Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first rehab appearance in AAA.  Justin Wilson hit 99 MPH four times out of the bullpen tonight.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Latimore went 3-for-5 with two doubles.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Reading 0

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (8-9, 4.15) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.229) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Matt Curry 1B (.264) – 1-for-4, 2B, 4 RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.321) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB

Andrew Lambo, RF (.275) – 2-for-3, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: Marte hit his 30th double of the year, and stole his 19th base.  Curry’s double came with the bases loaded, leading to three of his four RBIs, and giving Altoona a 5-0 lead in the sixth.  Latimore now has 25 doubles on the year.  Pribanic pitched seven shutout innings the last time he faced Reading, on July 26th.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Grossman hit a grand slam.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Jupiter 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (3-0, 0.68) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.287) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Cole White, 1B (.260) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Grossman hit a grand slam in the third inning, giving Bradenton a 4-0 lead.  The homer was his tenth of the season, and extended his on-base streak to 37 games, which ties his season high.  Tyler Waldron made his third appearance in high-A, and now has allowed just one run in 13.1 innings, with an 8:3 K/BB ratio.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Von Rosenberg has a 1.33 ERA in his last five starts.

Box Score

Result: Charleston 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5.98) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, RF (.275) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (2.38) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Von Rosenberg has allowed just four earned runs in 27 innings over his last five starts.  The right hander has a 23:4 K/BB ratio in that time span.  Grovatt’s homer was one of three hits for the West Virginia offense tonight.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Connecticut 4, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (4.91) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.287) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (4-3, 5.84) – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Wes Freeman went 0-for-4, losing his 11 game hitting streak.  Matt Benedict has allowed two earned runs in 10.1 innings over his last two starts, after allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings in his August 2nd start.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Phillies 11, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Inman, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Roadarrick Jones, DH (.375) – 1-for-2, 3B, 3 BB

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.274) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Carvajal extended his hitting streak to 14 games.  Inman made his second rehab appearance at the GCL level.  Diomedes Mateo gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in two innings, after pitching nine shutout innings in his previous two outings.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates results weren’t uploaded last night.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 64-57, 2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 53-64, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 59-58 Overall, 29-18 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 55-60 Overall, 20-27 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 22-33, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 26-21, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 38-22, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DZTPQRGTPEAWJ3G4S5PLNIQ6AY Jacob J

    I’m happy the starting pitching is doing good, but what is the deal with all of this 5 innings crap?
    These guys are going to be weak and not very durable in the majors if they can’t even make it through 6 innings in the minors.
    I don’t care what the modern pundits say about arm injuries, there is no way a starting pitcher will have much success if he can’t put up 6 innings on a regular basis in the minors.

    • Lee Young

      JacobJ………don’t get me started on that crap. :)

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DZTPQRGTPEAWJ3G4S5PLNIQ6AY Jacob J

    I’m happy the starting pitching is doing good, but what is the deal with all of this 5 innings crap?
    These guys are going to be weak and not very durable in the majors if they can’t even make it through 6 innings in the minors.
    I don’t care what the modern pundits say about arm injuries, there is no way a starting pitcher will have much success if he can’t put up 6 innings on a regular basis in the minors.