Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/22/11

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 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 (.330) - 3-for-5, RBI

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.291) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.235) - 1-for-4

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (5-9, 4.66) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, DH (.298) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Home Runs: Jonathan Schwind (3)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Brian Burres pitched eight shutout innings for Indianapolis tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Lehigh Valley 0

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (5-9, 4.66) – 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, CF-LF (.328) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Justin Wilson, LHP (4.06) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Dusty Brown, C (.293) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Burres had allowed 31 runs in his last 34.2 innings prior to tonight’s strong outing.  He threw 116 pitches, 84 going for strikes.  The outing was a big boost for Indianapolis, as they are already short on pitchers, and that problem will only get worse with Kevin Correia hitting the DL today.  Dusty Brown gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the second with a two RBI double.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Marte went 3-for-5.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Richmond 2

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (2.25) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.330) – 3-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.275) – 2-for-4

Quincy Latimore, LF (.231) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Altoona came back from two down in the bottom of the ninth, winning on a walk off walk.  Starling Marte had his fourth three hit game in his last nine starts.  Coming in to the game, he was hitting for a .390 average in August, with a 1.088 OPS.  Left hander Tyler Cox, who was called up from Bradenton today, got the win after pitching a shutout inning in relief.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was off today.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Von Rosenberg added another strong start to his second half.

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 4, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (5.76) – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Mort, 2B (.222) – 2-for-2, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, RF (.289) – 1-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Von Rosenberg has allowed eight earned runs in his last 37.1 innings, along with a 34:7 K/BB ratio.  Most importantly, he’s allowed just one home run in that time span, after giving up 17 to start the year.  West Virginia scored two runs to tie the game in the top of the ninth, but lost in the bottom half of the inning.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 6, Auburn 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2.36) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, DH (.298) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.284) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Taylor Lewis, CF (.198) – 2-for-4, 3 R

Josh Poytress, LHP (5.20) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Kevin Kleis, RHP (4.50) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kingham has gone 5 or more innings and has allowed one or fewer runs in his last eight starts.  He’s allowed six earned runs in 44 innings over his last nine appearances.  Tonight’s start was the second time this season that he struck out more than four batters.  Wes Freeman is 16-for-42 in his last ten games.  Alex Dickerson is hitting for a .308 average in his last ten games, with a .930 OPS.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Braves 11, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (0-2, 3.44) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, DH (.355) – 1-for-3, HR

Game Notes: Schwind had the only hit of the game, hitting his third homer of the year.  Lopez set a career high in strikeouts, and almost doubled his career total of eight coming in to the game.  Jimy Hernandez, Yhonathan Herrand, and Jackson Lodge combined to give up eight runs in 3.1 innings.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 68-63, 2nd Place, 12.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 57-70, 6th Place, 13.5 GB

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

A: West Virginia Power – 60-64 Overall, 25-32 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 24-38, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 30-25, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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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