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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/23/11

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/23/11


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, 4.36) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 4.28) – Next probable start 8/25

4. Starling Marte, CF (.331) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) – DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.291) – DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.03) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-5, 3.40) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.36) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.252) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (5), Drew Maggi (3)


Alex Presley went 3-for-4.

Box Score

Result: Lehigh Valley 7, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (5.14) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Presley, LF (.333) – 3-for-4, BB, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.314) – 2-for-4, BB, SB

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.306) – 1-for-4, 2B, BB, K

Game Notes: Check out Nancy Zinni’s game recap.


Marte went 2-for-4 with two walks tonight.

Game One Box Score

Result: Richmond 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-5, 3.40) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.232) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Starling Marte, CF (.331) – 1-for-1, 2 BB

Tim Alderson, RHP (4.48) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Two Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Richmond 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (9-9, 4.09) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Quincy Latimore, LF (.235) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI

Starling Marte, CF (.331) – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Check out my recap and player reports from the games.


Bradenton was suspended 1-1 in the 3rd.


Taillon had a great start tonight.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 10, Greensboro 9

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.36) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.252) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Dan Grovatt, RF (.291) – 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: West Virginia held a 7-1 lead in the top of the sixth, but blew the lead with six runs in the next two innings.  They ended up winning by a score of 10-9 after a three run ninth.  Jameson Taillon had a great start, and was perfect through 3.1 innings.  Drew Maggi stole his 30th base of the year in his big night at the plate.


Box Score

Result: Jamestown 4, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (0-3, 5.14) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kirk Singer, PH-2B (.230) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, RHP (7.03) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Rodarrick Jones, DH (.227) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Trent Stevenson has just a 5:2 K/BB ratio in 28 innings since moving down to State College.  The walks are good, but the strikeouts are too low.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Braves 3

Starting Pitcher: Donald Veal, LHP (5.40) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.264) – 2-for-3, 3B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Diomedes Mateo, LHP (5.35) – 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Gregory Polanco, RF (.242) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Donald Veal made a rehab start, his first for his most recent injury.  12th round pick Candon Myles made his pro debut, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.  Polanco stole his 16th base of the year.  The Pirates won with two runs in the bottom of the tenth, after giving up a run in the top of the inning.


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

AA: Altoona Curve – 58-71, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

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

A: West Virginia Power – 61-64 Overall, 26-32 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 24-39, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 31-25, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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  • Bob

    All Hague does it hit and they won’t give him a shot…seems stupid to me.  

    • gonfalon

      Unfortunately, “all he does it hit” is very true… it seems like a typo, but apparently Hague has 17 errors this year at first base.  Hague’s natural defensive position might be DH.

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