Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/2/11

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

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 (2-2, 4.39) - Next Probable Start: 8/6

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 6.38) - 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.313) - 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 K

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 1-for-5, 2 K

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.97) - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-6, 4.76) - Next Probable Start: 8/5

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.99) - 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (5-7, 3.26) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.14) - Next Probable Start: 8/7

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.41) - Next Probable Start: 8/3

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (5-3, 4.62) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.254) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (4), Josh Rodriguez (4), Jesus Vasquez (8), Diego Goris (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Mercer went 2-for-5 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 3

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (2.42) – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, SS-2B (.194) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ryan Doumit, C (.231) – 2-for-4, BB

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.286) – 2-for-4, RBI

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.33) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Doumit is now 6-for-15 in his last four rehab starts.  Jeff Clement made his first start of the season at the AAA level, and went 1-for-4 with a double.  Jared Hughes has allowed four earned runs in 15 innings in his last ten games, with an 18:7 K/BB ratio in that stretch.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Lambo went 3-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 11, Binghamton 3

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (5-3, 4.62) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.254) – 3-for-5, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Josh Rodriguez, SS (.278) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Quincy Latimore, LF (.223) – 2-for-4, 3B, BB, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.99) – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Since allowing eight runs in 4.1 innings on July 17th, Irwin has made three starts, allowing seven runs in 17.2 innings, with a 10:1 K/BB ratio.  Morris allowed his first earned run in his last four outings.  He’s only allowed an earned run in three of his last ten outings.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was off today.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Grovatt went 2-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (1-4, 4.33) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Grovatt, CF (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (4.39) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.61) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Three times in his last ten appearances, Victor Black has allowed three or more runs in an inning or less.  Grovatt has a seven game hitting streak.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Vermont 10, State College 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (2-3, 4.30) – 3.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.232) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.283) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI

Wes Freeman, LF (.248) – 1-for-3, BB

Stetson Allie, RHP (7.97) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Benedict started out with two shutout innings, then allowed two runs in the third, and was hammered in the fourth as part of a seven run inning.  Stetson Allie came out of the bullpen tonight, and had more control issues, allowing three walks. Freeman is now 14-for-38 in his last ten games.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (6.38) – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Luis Urena, RF (.235) – 2-for-3, 2 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, CF (.275) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Alen Hanson, SS (.298) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (0.75) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Heredia gave up four runs in the third inning, all off of home runs.  Willy Garcia is hitting for a .353/.439/.529 line in his last ten games.

RK: DSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Indians 5, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (2.35) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Diego Goris, SS (.359) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jesus Vasquez, LF (.393) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, HR

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 29 games.  Game two wasn’t uploaded last night.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Reds 10, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Vilchez, RHP (5-2, 4.78) – 4.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, DH (.305) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.362) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Jose Roman, 1B (.319) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 58-54, T-2nd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 47-61, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 52-56 Overall, 22-16 2nd Half, T-1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 49-56 Overall, 15-23 2nd Half, T-6th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 15-30, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 22-16, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 33-19, 2nd Place, 0.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 37-30, 1st Place

Tim Williams

Author: 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/_ELCL3KCDU5CL5W3ON2YPYKZJSA ScottT

    Just an FYI, Aaron Baker went 2-4 with a HR and 3 RBI in his first game with the Frederick Keys.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

     Seems like the wheels are falling off at every level in minors as well….just when I was starting to get excited about Pirates baseball, back in the dumps I go.