Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/14/11


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) - Next probable start 8/18

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.01) - Next probable start 8/19

3. Starling Marte, CF (.327) -  3-for-6, 2 2B

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) - 0-for-5

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.66) - DNP

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

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.66) -  DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.71) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-8, 4.17) - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Aaron Thompson, LHP (1.17) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.327) – 3-for-6, 2 2B

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (5), Diego Goris (5)


Thompson pitched four shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson, LHP (1.17) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.325) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Justin Wilson, LHP (9-8, 4.17) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Aaron Thompson made his second appearance in AAA with the Pirates.  In 7.2 innings so far he has allowed one earned run.  Last year he pitched five innings in AAA with one run allowed.  Justin Wilson entered with a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth, and saw more control issues, hitting one batter, walking a batter, throwing a wild pitch, then giving up a walk off single.  Alex Presley went 1-for-3 in a rehab start.  Jose Tabata went 0-for-4, and Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal.


Marte went 3-for-6.

Box Score

Result: Reading 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3.82) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.327) – 3-for-6, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.283) – 2-for-6, 2B, RBI

Andrew Lambo, RF (.280) – 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Duke Welker, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alderson made his first start of the 2011 season with Altoona.  Marte has put up multiple hits in five of his last six games.  He’s 20-for-44 in his last ten games.  Duke Welker made his AA debut with a perfect inning and two strikeouts.


Grossman went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Jupiter 4, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-3, 4.39) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.291) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Cole White, 1B (.294) – 3-for-3

Ryan Beckman, RHP (3.05) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Grossman reached base safely in his 39th straight game.  He’s got a nine game hitting streak, and is hitting for a .302/.348/.512 line in his last ten games.  That’s similar to his .312/.452/.508 line in 189 at-bats in the second half this year.  Brandon Cumpton hasn’t had the most dominant results in high-A, but his control has been great, with nine walks in 53.1 innings.  He’s yet to issue more than two walks in an outing.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Kannapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2-0, 2.65) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.222) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Grovatt, RF (.277) – 2-for-4, 2B

Elias Diaz, C (.207) – 2-for-4

Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.09) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.53) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: West Virginia put up four runs in the second, thanks to six straight batters reaching base to start the inning, five on hits, and one on an error.  Zac Fuesser now has a 3.09 ERA in 96 innings, with an 84:25 K/BB ratio.


State College was postponed today after an inning and a half.


The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Indians 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (4-3, 2.51) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, SS (.352) – 2-for-4, HR


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 65-58, 2nd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 54-65, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 60-59 Overall, 30-19 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 56-61 Overall, 21-28 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.5 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 – 38-25, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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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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