Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/13/11


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 (2-3, 4.64) - 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.01) - 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.322) -  2-for-5

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.243) - 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.66) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

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

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.66) -  2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.71) - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.03) - DNP

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


Top Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (2-4, 2.83) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.232) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Hague (12), Jeff Clement (1), Quincy Latimore 2 (13), Yeyber Sanchez (2), Rodarrick Jones 2 (2)


Tabata carried the Indianapolis offense tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Louisville 4

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (5.15) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF (.379) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, CF (.332) – 2-for-5, RBI, SB

Matt Hague, 3B (.322) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Jeff Clement, 1B (.379) – 1-for-3, HR

Daniel Moskos, LHP (2.61) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tabata and Presley both had big games as they continued their rehab work.  Chase d’Arnaud went 1-for-5 in his rehab appearance.  Chris Leroux also made a rehab appearance, pitching three perfect innings and striking out two.  Matt Hague hit his 12th homer of the year, and his 34th double of the year.


Latimore hit two homers tonight.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Reading 3

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (6-3, 4.33) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.232) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.66) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Starling Marte, CF (.322) – 2-for-5

Tony Sanchez, C (.243) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Andrew Lambo, RF (.281) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Quincy Latimore hit his 12th and 13th homers of the 2011 season.  Phillip Irwin struck out seven batters, the most he’s struck out in an outing at the AA level.  He does have three occasions with six strikeouts in a start, with his most recent occurrence coming in his last start.  He hasn’t allowed a walk in his last four otings, spanning 23.1 innings, and only has five walks in 63.1 innings at the AA level this year, along with 49 strikeouts.


Cabrera went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, Jupiter 5

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (8-7, 3.81) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ramon Cabrera, DH (.361) – 3-for-5, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.314) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Evan Chambers, CF (.237) – 2-for-4, BB

Robbie Grossman, RF (.286) – 1-for-4, BB, 3 K

Game Notes: Grossman extended his on-base streak to 38 games, which is a new season high.  Ramon Cabrera has been hitting for a .403/.460/.563 line in 119 at-bats since the FSL All-Star break.  Baker has a 3.38 ERA in 56 innings over his last ten outings, with a 35:19 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Charleston 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.64) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, RF (.274) – 1-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Colton Cain, LHP (3.71) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Taillon has allowed 24 earned runs in 26.1 innings over his last seven starts.  However, he also has a 30:9 K/BB ratio in that same time span.  Colton Cain rebounded from allowing seven earned runs in 1.2 innings the last time around.  The West Virginia offense only managed four hits.


Box Score

Result: Connecticut 6, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (2-4, 2.83) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.297) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Dan Gamache, 2B (.273) – 1-for-2, BB, 2 RBI

Stetson Allie, RHP (7.66) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Hafner has been putting up good results lately, with six earned runs allowed in 27 innings over his last six starts.  He’s only allowed 20 hits in those outings, although his K/BB ratio isn’t strong, with 13 strikeouts and seven walks.  After an 0-for-4 day broke up his 11 game hitting streak, Wes Freeman went back to work with two hits and a walk, his fifth in his last ten games.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 11, Phillies 4

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (5.01) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Rodarrick Jones, CF (.500) – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, DH (.261) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Jared Lakind, 1B (.160) – 2-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Rodarrick Jones hit his first two professional home runs, and was promoted to State College after the game.  For a report on Heredia’s outing, check out Terry Mathews’ report from the game.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Mets 1, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Martires Cadet, LHP (2-2, 1.16) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, SS (.350) – 3-for-5, 2 SB


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 65-57, 2nd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 54-64, 6th Place, 12.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 60-58 Overall, 30-18 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 55-61 Overall, 20-28 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 22-34, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 27-21, 2nd Place, 5.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 38-24, 2nd Place, 3.0 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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