Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/17/11


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. 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 (.326) -  0-for-5, BB

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) - 0-for-2, 3 BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) - 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI

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

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-4, 3.15) - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4-0, 0.44) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.239) – 3-for-6, 3 2B, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Raul Fortunato (5)


Chase d'Arnaud wet 2-for-5 in a rehab start.

Box Score

Result: Louisville 8, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (4-9, 4.98) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, 2B (.273) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Presley, LF (.324) – 2-for-5, 2B

Dusty Brown, C (.279) – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Burres gave up five runs in the first three innings, putting the Indians down 5-1.  Chase d’Arnaud and Alex Presley each had two hits in their latest rehab appearances.  Gorkys Hernandez stole his 19th base of the year and went 1-for-3 with a walk.


Latimore hit three doubles in game one.

Game One Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, New Hampshire 4

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-4, 3.15) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.240) – 3-for-3, 3 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.239) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Altoona scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead, with Noah Krol coming on for the save in the seventh.  Kyle McPherson threw 82 pitches, with 57 going for strikes.  In 74.1 innings at the AAA level he has a 3.15 ERA and a 71:18 K/BB ratio.  Latimore has hit eight doubles in his last seven games, after hitting three in game one tonight.

Game Two Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 6, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (1.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.285) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

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

Game Notes: Sinkbeil was called up today to make the spot start.  Welker has pitched two perfect innings since being promoted to Altoona.  Michael Dubee gave up five runs in the top of the seventh, blowing a 3-1 lead.  Altoona only managed three hits in the shortened game, getting a three RBI triple from Anthony Norman in the second.


Waldron made another impressive start in Bradenton.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4-0, 0.44) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.312) – 2-for-4, 2 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Game Notes: Grossman now has 99 walks on the year.  He also had an outfield assist tonight, throwing out a runner at home.  In four outings at the high-A level, Tyler Waldron has allowed one run in 20.1 innings, with an 11:3 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5.89) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, RF (.285) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.30) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Von Rosenberg allowed two runs in the first inning, then settled down for the next four frames.  He has allowed six earned runs in his last 31.2 innings, along with a 23:6 K/BB ratio.  Grovatt stole his 18th base of the season.


Box Score

Result: State College 2, Hudson Valley 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3-2, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, CF (.187) – 2-for-3, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jordan Cooper, RHP (4.56) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Rodarrick Jones, LF (.500) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Kingham continues his string of impressive starts.  He’s gone five or more innings and has allowed one or fewer runs in his last seven starts.  Jordan Cooper is also on a hot streak, allowing one earned run in his last 13.1 innings, spanning five outings.


Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 9, Pirates 8

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (3.29) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.268) – 4-for-7, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, 1B (.313) – 2-for-6, RBI

Jorge Bishop, 3B (.156) – 2-for-4, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost in 14 innings.  Hanson stole his 20th base of the year.  Lopez bounced back from allowing four runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings the last time out.  He’s now struck out eight and walked two in 13.2 innings.

RK: DSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Dodgers 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (2.27) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, CF (.335) – 2-for-5, HR, BB, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost in 15 innings.  Fortunato hit his fifth homer and stole his 27th base of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Dodgers 4, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (2.12) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunerky Adames, 1B (.159) – 1-for-3, SB



AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 65-61, 2nd Place, 14.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 56-66, 6th Place, 12.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 62-59 Overall, 32-19 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 58-62 Overall, 23-29 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 23-34, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 29-22, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 40-28, 2nd Place, 4.5 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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_APVUWLP2KERANTMJTAY7EO6PGA greg m

    The new list! Thanks for all the hard work, fellas.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OZG2IYY4UIJEND5745XPPUOSHY steve-O K

    3 more BB for Grossman. wow.

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