Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/24/11

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, 4.36) - Next probable start 8/28

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.332) - 2-for-5, RBI

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.300) - 6-for-8, 2 2B, HR

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.238) - 1-for-4, 2B

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.03) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-5, 3.40) - Next probable start 8/28

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2.54) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.300) – 6-for-8, 2 2B, HR

Home Runs: Robbie Grossman (13), Junior Sosa (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Nelson Figueroa allowed 2 runs in 7 innings.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Nelson Figueroa, RHP (0-1, 2.57) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.244) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (3.93) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Eric Fryer, C (.232) – 2-for-2, 2 BB

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

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Irwin struck out nine batters tonight.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 2

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (7-4, 4.42) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.332) – 2-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, 2B (.290) – 2-for-4

Tony Sanchez, C (.238) – 1-for-4, 2B

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.44) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Check out my recap from the game.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Grossman went 6-for-8 on the day.

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Palm Beach 4

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (0.77) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.298) – 4-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

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

Brian Leach, RHP (3-4, 7.91) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Ramon Cabrera, C (.352) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Adalberto Santos, RF (.312) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.317) – 2-for-4, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The game was suspended yesterday, and resumed today, tied 1-1 in the third.  Grossman hit his 13th homer of the year.  Tyler Waldron has allowed his second earned run in 23.1 innings in high-A.  Evan Meek made his second rehab appearance.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 7, Bradenton 4

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (9-8, 3.47) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, 1B (.279) – 3-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (6.00) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, RF (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nathan Baker was hurt by three Bradenton errors, leading to a five run second inning, with all five runs being unearned.  Grossman hit his 30th double of the year.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: Greensboro 3, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2.54) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.255) – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.75) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Navarro has a 2.90 ERA as a starter this year in 31 innings, with a 29:5 K/BB ratio.  Seven West Virginia hitters had hits tonight, but the offense could only plate one run.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 3, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (3-3, 4.26) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, CF (.196) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (4.91) – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Sosa’s homer was an inside the park home run.  Poytress has a 2.45 ERA in his last 18.1 innings, with a 16:6 K/BB ratio.  Benedict has allowed just one earned run in 15 innings over his last three outings, with an 11:1 K/BB ratio.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Phillies 3

Starting Pitcher: Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (3.24) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.307) – 3-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.272) – 2-for-5, SB

Logan Pevny, RHP (7-1, 4.28) – 3.1 IP 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Neverauskas has struck out nine and walked four in 7.1 innings over his last two starts.  Carvajal stole his 14th base of the season.  Willy Garcia stole his 7th base, and hit a triple.  Gregory Polanco stole his 17th base of the year.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 68-65, 2nd Place, 14.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 59-71, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 65-61 Overall, 35-21 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 61-65 Overall, 26-33 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 25-39, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 32-25, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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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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