Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/15/11


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) -  DNP

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.240) - DNP

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) - DNP

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (0-0, 0.00) - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR


Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (0.00) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.255) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SB

Home Runs: Maximo Rivera (7)


Locke made a nice AAA debut.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 4, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (0.00) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.242) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Watson, LHP (2.16) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.284) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Jeff Locke made a nice start in his AAA debut.  He left with a 1-0 lead after Jared Hughes stranded a runner in the sixth.  Daniel Moskos gave up four runs on two hits in the eighth, with two of those runs scoring off of Justin Thomas.  Alex Presley went 0-for-4 and Chase d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 in their rehab appearances.


Altoona was off today.


Bradenton was off today.


Maggi went 3-for-5 with two steals.

Box Score

Result: Kanapolis 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (4.08) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.255) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Orlando Castro, LHP (1.69) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Dan Grovatt, RF (.278) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Game Notes: Maggi now has 29 stolen bases on the year.  He’s struggled at times with his efficiency, but is 12-for-15 since the start of July.  Orlando Castro made his first appearance in West Virginia since being promoted earlier in the week.  Castro made one other appearance in West Virginia this year, pitching three shutout innings on June 13th.  West Virginia carried a 4-3 lead in to the 9th, when Rinku Singh gave up two straight two out RBI singles to end the game.


State College was off for the All Star break.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 3

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

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, CF (.269) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Logan Pevny, RHP (6-1, 4.41) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Joe Parsons, RHP (5.40) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Ryan Hornback, C (.234) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Inman made his third rehab appearance with the GCL team.  He had four days of rest between the first two outings, and three days of rest between the last outing and this outing.  So far he’s pitched three shutout innings with no hits, one walk, and two strikeouts.  Willy Garcia hit his 4th homer of the year.  He hit for a .313 average in July, with a .944 OPS, and so far in August has a .281 average and an .832 OPS.

RK: DSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Red Sox 3

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (6-2, 3.53) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, 3B (.225) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Red Sox 3

Starting Pitcher: Arquimedes Lorenzo, RHP (4.32) – 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, DH (.357) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Aneudy Merejo, RHP (1.80) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Lorenzo made his third appearance since returning from his 50-game suspension to start the year.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 65-59, 2nd Place, 13.5 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 – 56-62 Overall, 21-29 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

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

RK: GCL Pirates – 28-21, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 40-25, 2nd Place, 2.5 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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  • Anonymous

    Nice to see Garcia still hitting

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