Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/21/11


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) - Next probable start 8/25

4. Starling Marte, CF (.327) - 1-for-5, 2B

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.291) - 2-for-8, 2B, HR, RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) - 0-for-3, 3 K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.33) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-4, 3.15) - Next probable start 8/23

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


Top Pitcher: Jose Ascanio, RHP (5.14) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Ciriaco, 2B (.220) – 3-for-4

Home Runs: Robbie Grossman (12), Adalberto Santos (6), Chase Lyles (1)


Jose Ascanio struck out seven in six shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Lehigh Valley 2

Starting Pitcher: Jose Ascanio, RHP (5.14) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Ciriaco, 2B (.220) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (4.15) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.23) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.321) – 1-for-4, K

Game Notes: Indianapolis held a 2-0 lead until the top of the ninth inning, when Steven Jackson gave up two runs.  The Indians won in the bottom half of the frame on a walk off single by Chase d’Arnaud, who went 1-for-5 in a rehab appearance.  Jose Ascanio was making the spot start today with Ross Ohlendorf expected to get the call to the majors early this week.  Ascanio threw 68 pitches, 47 for strikes.


Marte went 1-for-5 with a double.

Box Score

Result: Reading 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (5-9, 3.65) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.327) – 1-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (9.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Colla continues to be plagued by the long ball.  He has now given up 18 in 123.1 innings this year, including 7 in his last ten games.  Duke Welker bounced back with two perfect innings, after allowing five runs on six hits in his last outing.


Lorin gave up a run in five innings.

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 1

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

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, LF (.309) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.314) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Brett Lorin, RHP (2.78) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Ryan Beckman, RHP (4-4, 2.79) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Evan Meek started his rehab work, throwing a shutout inning to start the game today.  Brett Lorin followed with five strong innings, bouncing back from allowing four earned runs on ten hits in 4.2 innings last time out.  Adalberto Santos stole his 25th base of the year.  Robbie Grossman failed to reach base safely, which snapped his 42 game on-base streak.

Grossman hit his 12th homer of the year.

Game Two Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (4.01) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, CF (.291) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.309) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, RBI

Jeff Inman, RHP (2.17) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Inman made his first appearance since returning from his rehab work.  Grossman bounced back from his 0-for-4 game to double and hit his 12th homer of the year.  Five of Adalberto Santos’ six homers have come in his 175 at-bats since the FSL All-Star break.  He has a .337/.419/.543 line during that time span.


Box Score

Result: Delmarva 6, West Virginia 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5-4, 2.50) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Lyles, 1B (.233) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andy Vasquez, 2B (.275) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Dan Grovatt, RF (.289) – 2-for-4, SB RBI

Zac Fuesser, LHP (3.21) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Vince Payne, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dodson allowed four unearned runs in the first inning, due to a fielding error by Drew Maggi.  Since returning to West Virginia, Dodson has allowed four earned runs in 23 innings, with a 9:3 K/BB ratio.  Andy Vasquez stole his 24th base of the year, while Dan Grovatt stole his 19th base of the year.  Grovatt is 17-for-39 in his last ten games, with seven multi-hit games.  Vince Payne has pitched five shutout innings so far in his first run through the South Atlantic League.


Box Score

Result: Auburn 5, State College 0

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (2-2, 4.54) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.267) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jordan Cooper, RHP (5.08) – 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jefferson stuck out a career high six batters.  He’s struck out 14 batters in 14 innings over his last three starts.  Jordan Cooper had allowed one run in 13.1 innings in his five outings leading in to tonight’s game.


The GCL Pirates were off today.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 67-63, 3rd Place, 13.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 56-70, 6th Place, 13.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 64-60 Overall, 34-20 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 60-63 Overall, 25-31 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 23-38, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 30-24, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DZTPQRGTPEAWJ3G4S5PLNIQ6AY Jacob J

    Wow, might the Buccos have struck gold here with Ascanio in a starter’s role?
    They have to be nuts if they don’t give him some more starts after that performance.
    At least it looks as if he is all the way back from the injury. Any idea how fast he was throwing?

  • http://twitter.com/Andy16365 Andy Close

    Got to see Ascanio in person Sunday and came away pleasantly surprised. His off-speed stuff was tight and sharp and the fastball sat consistenly 91-93, touching 94 according to the stadium gun. I thought he was an interesting guy before he got hurt and think that he still could be now that he appears to be fully recovered.

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