Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/25/11


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) - Next probable start 8/28

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) - 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

4. Starling Marte, CF (.332) - 1-for-3, HR, BB, RBI

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.299) - 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - 2-for-4

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


Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (2.20) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.332) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, RBI

Home Runs: Starling Marte (12), Andrew Lambo (7)


Jeff Locke and Eric Fryer

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 3, Columbus 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (2.20) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Fryer, C (.245) – 2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.35) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.283) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s recap.


Marte hit his 12th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Binghamton 4

Starting Pitcher: Matt McSwain, RHP (3.92) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.332) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (1-0, 7.50) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Andrew Lambo, RF (.263) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.241) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Starling Marte’s power lately has been impressive.  He has five home runs in 94 August at-bats, and seven homers in 163 at-bats since the All-Star break, with a .607 slugging percentage.  Tony Sanchez is 6-for-15 with a double and a homer in his last four games.


Grossman has been on fire this week.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Erickson, RHP (2-2, 4.31) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Cole White, 1B (.288) – 2-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Inman, RHP (2.03) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Ryan Beckman, RHP (2.74) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Robbie Grossman, RF (.299) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K

Game Notes: Grossman lost his consecutive on-base streak earlier this week.  Since then he’s 9-for-16 at the plate, with four doubles and two homers.  Jeff Inman made his first multi-inning appearance since going down with an injury earlier in the year.


Box Score

Result: Greensboro 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (3.18) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Mort, 2B-P (.227) – 3-for-7, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Rinku Singh, LHP (3.60) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Kevin Mort, 2B (0-1, 4.32) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Dan Grovatt, RF (.290) – 2-for-8, 2B, RBI, SB

Game Notes: West Virginia lost in 19 innings tonight.  Kevin Mort, normally a second baseman, pitched 5.1 innings, and had an impressive line considering he’s not a pitcher.  He’s made two appearances this year, with one run allowed in three innings, along with two strikeouts and no walks.


Box Score

Result: Jamestown 11, State College 4

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (2-5, 2.86) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Derek Trent, C (.198) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Fuselier, DH (.205) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: My recap from tonight’s game.


Box Score

Result: Phillies 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.318) – 3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

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

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.400) – 1-for-2

Candon Myles, CF (.167) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Terry Mathews’ live game report.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 69-65, 2nd Place, 13.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 60-71, 6th Place, 14.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 66-61 Overall, 36-21 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 61-66 Overall, 26-34 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 25-40, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 32-26, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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  • hemmist

    So is Mort have any hope of being more than an organizational player? 2B who can pitch or what?

    • Anonymous

      No, “Death” is just an org guy.  He may get a cup of coffee at AA, but will most likely hang around A+ for 1-2 years and that’s it.

  • Anonymous

    Tim, how about a prospect report on Andrew Lambo. I would like to hear your insight on what has happened to this kid. I know he is young still but he really went in the tank this season. Also, could you supply the win-loss records for the pitchers of record in your prospect watch reports?

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