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

Enjoy this story? Pirates Prospects will be switching to a subscription site on 4/13, so that we can continue bringing you the best Pirates coverage there is. For a very small monthly price, you can continue getting articles like this, along with coverage from every minor league city. Get more information here, and subscribe today!

Share This Article

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, 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.

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/13/11

Next Story »

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/15/11

Latest Analysis

  • Keller Supak Hinsz

    Even With the New Draft Rules, the Pirates Are Still Loading Up on Projectable Pitchers

    6 hours ago

    From 2008-2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates spent a lot of resources on projectable pitchers out of high school. So far, this approach has led to breakout performances from ...

    Read More
  • Josh Bell made the move to first base over the off-season. (Photo credit: David Hague)

    Why Should You Care About Prospects?

    2 days ago

    Yesterday I had a shorter day than usual. The Pirates had cuts at the MLB level, and a road game. The day was shortened at Pirate City, ...

    Read More
  • Gregory Polanco

    Q&A: Trading Prospects For Rentals, Polanco Concerns, Meadows vs Appel

    3 days ago

    I missed the Q&A last week due to a common problem in Spring Training: I forgot what day it was. It was around 6:00 that I was ...

    Read More
  • Nick Kingham f

    Improving His Two-Seam Fastball will Make Nick Kingham a More Effective Pitcher

    4 days ago

    With Jameson Taillon returning from Tommy John surgery, and unlikely to make an impact at the Major League level early in the year, the top prospect to ...

    Read More
  • Arquimedes Caminero 3

    The Roster Situations That Could Impact the Makeup of the Pirates Bullpen

    6 days ago

    There are less than two weeks remaining in Spring Training, and the one area where the Pittsburgh Pirates had actual position battles is heating up. There were ...

    Read More
  • Jordan Luplow

    How the Pirates are Trying to Stay Ahead of the Curve With the New Draft Rules

    7 days ago

    The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement brought a lot of changes to Major League Baseball. The biggest change for the Pittsburgh Pirates came in the draft. From 2008-2011, ...

    Read More
  • Alen Hanson

    The Key For Alen Hanson to Help the Pirates in the Majors This Year

    1 week ago

    When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Alen Hanson to second base last year, part of the plan was to get him to the majors faster by putting him at ...

    Read More
  • Tyler Glasnow 2

    What the Stats Don’t Tell You About Tyler Glasnow

    1 week ago

    The stat line for Tyler Glasnow’s start at Pirate City yesterday looked great: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K. The lone run ...

    Read More
  • JaCoby Jones Josh Bell

    JaCoby Jones Did Fine in the Move to Shortstop, But Needs to Cut Down on Strikeouts

    2 weeks ago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted JaCoby Jones as an outfielder in the third round of the 2013 draft, then surprised everyone the following year when they moved him ...

    Read More
  • Cody Dickson is a lefty with the upside of a middle of the rotation starter. (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

    The Mental Adjustment that Led to Cody Dickson’s Dominant 2014 Second Half

    2 weeks ago

    Trusting his stuff and not trying to do too much — that has been the key for left-handed pitcher Cody Dickson so far in his professional baseball ...

    Read More
  • Browse More Articles