Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/16/11


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 8/16/11.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.64) - Next probable start 8/18

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.330) -  3-for-5, 2B, SB

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.293) - 2-for-3, BB, RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 0-for-4

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

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (6-4, 3.03) - Next probable start 8/17

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.71) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (3.33) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.286) – 3-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None


Ohlendorf made his best start of the year in AAA tonight.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (3.33) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: John Bowker, RF (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Chris Leroux, RHP (6-3, 2.79) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.270) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Ohlendorf made his first start since being demoted to AAA.  He struck out seven batters in 17.1 innings in his three rehab starts, before striking out five in seven innings tonight.  Alex Presley went 0-for-5 in a rehab appearance.  Chase d’Arnaud and Chris Leroux also continued their rehab work.


Holt went 3-for-5 with a walk off single.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, New Hampshire 1

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (3.61) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.286) – 3-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.330) – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Bryan Morris, RHP (3-4, 3.49) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Brock Holt won the game with a walk off, RBI single, bringing in Starling Marte.  Marte had gotten in to scoring position by stealing his 20th base of the season, then advancing to third on a wild throw.  Starling has six different three hit games in his last ten games, and is hitting for a .489 average in that stretch, with a 1.355 OPS.  Morris has allowed just one earned run in 13 innings over his last nine outings, with a 10:2 K/BB ratio.


Grossman extended his on-base streak to 40 games.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 7, Charlotte 6

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (2.82) – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.293) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, LF (.310) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Victor Black, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Brian Leach, RHP (2-4, 8.23) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Black made his debut in high-A with a shutout inning.  Robbie Grossman extended his on-base streak to 40 games and has a ten game hitting streak.  Adalberto Santos is hitting for a .340/.417/.537 line in 162 at-bats since the All-Star break.


Dodson had another strong start for West Virginia.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5-3, 2.56) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, RF (.280) – 2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr. (.252) – 2-for-4, RBI

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.44) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: In three starts since his return from the disabled list, Dodson has put up a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings, with a 7:3 K/BB ratio.  Casey Sadler has been strong in the second half this year, with a 1.11 ERA in 24.1 innings, along with a 21:4 K/BB ratio.


State College was off for the NYPL All-Star game.  Wes Freeman went 1-for-3 with a double and a run in the game, while Samuel Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs to be named the All-Star Game MVP.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Yankees 5

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (4.97) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.285) – 3-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Yhonathan Herrand, RHP (7.56) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Jose Osuna, 1B (.312) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Garcia is hitting for a .343 average and a .925 OPS in August, after a .313 average and a .944 OPS in July.  Osuna has struggled this month, with a .162 average and a .532 OPS.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Royals 4, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Cesilio Pimentel, LHP (1-1, 2.31) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, 3B (.224) – 1-for-2, SB

Game Notes: The game was completed early, and game two was cancelled.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 65-60, 2nd Place, 14.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 55-65, 6th Place, 12.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 61-59 Overall, 31-19 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 57-62 Overall, 22-29 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.5 GB

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

RK: GCL Pirates – 29-21, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 40-26, 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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  • gonfalon

    Nice summary Tim!  I’ll start checking here for Pirates’ MiLB affiliate wrapups…

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