Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/26/11

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 (1-2, 4.75) - Season Completed

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

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

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

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.241) - 0-for-3, SB

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: Jose Ascanio, RHP (2-2, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.266) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Matt Curry (6), Willy Garcia (5)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Jose Ascanio pitched five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Columbus 1

Starting Pitcher: Jose Ascanio, RHP (2-2, 4.50) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.284) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (3.72) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Justin Wilson, LHP (4.07) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s Recap

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Curry hit his first homer in a month.

Box Score

Result: Binghampton 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (5-10, 3.71) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Curry, 1B (.248) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (4.30) – 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Curry hit his first home run in almost a month.  He’s got a .177 average in August, with a .274 slugging percentage.  Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to nine games.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Game One Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 1

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (3-3, 3.78) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.302) – 2-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.233) – 2-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Bradenton won with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, St. Lucie 0

Starting Pitcher: Donald Veal, LHP (2.61) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Evan Chambers, CF (.233) – 1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Zach Foster, RHP (2-1, 3.34) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: For the second game in a row, Bradenton won with three runs in the top of the seventh.  They were being no hit until the sixth inning.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lexington 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (2.77) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.274) – 3-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Orlando Castro, LHP (1-0, 3.65) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.69) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Drew Maggi, SS (.253) – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: My live recap of the game.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Williamsport 6, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (2-3, 4.89) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.293) – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Rodarrick Jones, LF (.226) – 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, RBI

Jordan Cooper, RHP (5.01) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Despite his low average, Rodarrick Jones has a hit in seven out of ten games in State College.  Dickerson had his second three hit game of the week.  Jefferson gave up one run through four innings, before giving up three in the fifth.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 10, Yankees 1

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (1-2, 3.89) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Willy Garcia, RF (.266) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jose Osuna, LF (.333) – 4-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Exicardo Cayonez, DH (.286) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, BB, 2 RBI

Alen Hanson, SS (.260) – 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: Six of the GCL hitters in the lineup had multi-hit games.  Osuna is 10-for-12 in his last three games.  Alen Hanson stole his 22nd base of the year.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 70-65, 2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 60-72, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 68-61 Overall, 38-21 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 62-66 Overall, 27-34 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 25-41, 6th Place, 16.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 33-26, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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