Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/19/11


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, 4.52) - Next probable start 8/23

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 4.28) - 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

4. Starling Marte, CF (.328) - 2-for-4, SB

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.292) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 1-for-3, BB

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.33) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-4, 3.15) - Next probable start 8/22

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.64) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Aaron Thompson, LHP (0.77) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, LF (.330) – 4-for-5, 3 2B

Home Runs: Jorge Bishop (1)


Alex Presley hit three doubles in a rehab appearance.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Louisville 2

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson, LHP (0.77) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, LF (.330) – 4-for-5, 3 2B

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, RF (.305) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Chris Leroux, RHP (2.80) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Justin Wilson, LHP (10-8, 4.10) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Alex Presley and Chris Leroux both made strong rehab appearances.  Aaron Thompson has allowed one run in 11.2 innings since being called up to AAA.  He also has a 9:2 K/BB ratio.  Tony Watson allowed a run in an inning of work.


Marte went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Reading 11, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (6-4, 4.61) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.328) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tony Sanchez, C (.237) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Sanchez and Marte had the only Altoona hits.  Duke Welker gave up five runs in an inning of work, after starting his AA career with two perfect innings.


Bradenton was postponed.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Delmarva 2

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (3-0, 2.70) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers

Orlando Castro, LHP (1.08) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.252) – 1-for-1, 4 BB

Justin Howard, DH (.251) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Navarro has a 3.24 ERA in five starts since moving in to the rotation.  Orlando Castro has allowed one run in 8.1 innings this year in West Virginia, although his 2:4 K/BB ratio isn’t strong.


Box Score

Result: Hudson Valley 6, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (4.47) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.184) – 1-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, RF (.297) – 2-for-5, RBI

Stetson Allie, RHP (7.33) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Rodarrick Jones, LF (.286) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Benedict has allowed two earned runs in 15.1 innings over his last three starts.  Wes Freeman is hitting for a .406/.465/.594 line in 64 August at-bats.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Tigers 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (4.28) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jorge Bishop, 3B (.183) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, 1B (.318) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.280) – 3-for-5

Willy Garcia, RF (.275) – 2-for-4, SB

Yhonathan Herrand, RHP (6.75) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Heredia has pitched nine shutout innings in his last three outings.  This start was his second start of the year where he didn’t allow a walk in a multi-inning outing.  The Pirates scored eight runs in the first four innings.  Five members of the starting lineup had multiple hits.

RK: DSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Rays 1, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (4-4, 2.44) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, 2B (.348) – 1-for-3

Game Two Box Score

Result: Rays 8, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Adrian Grullon (0-1, 5.40) – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Fortunato, DH (.324) – 1-for-3, 2 SB

Game Notes: Fortunato ended up with 34 stolen bases on the year.  The DSL Pirates wrapped up their season with today’s double header.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 66-62, 2nd Place, 14.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 56-68, 6th Place, 13.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 63-59 Overall, 33-19 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 59-62 Overall, 24-30 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 23-36, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 30-23, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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  • Anonymous

    SSS for sure, but nice nights from Presley, Marte, Sancez, Freeman, Heredia, Allie, Grovatt, Bowker and Leroux. Far too many errors by Hague, so possibly his Dick Stuart defense and slowness of foot have been what’s kept him at AAA.

    FWIW, PA is 1-7 in his his latest assignment at AAA with 2 BBs & 2 Ks.

    • Lee Young

      from all reports, Hague is an above average 1bman, hardly a dr strangeglove.

      *****************FREE MATT HAGUE!**************

      (sorry, couldn’t resist)

  • Anonymous

    You may very well be right, but 14 (?) errors at first is quite a lot. Thanks for the response.

    • Lee Young

      are they all from 1b? didn’t he play some 3b?

      I wonder…………….TIM???????? :)

      • Tim Williams

        12 errors came at first base. Two came at third base. Errors are hardly a way to evaluate minor league defense.

        • Lee Young

          Tim…..agree………thx for the update.

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