Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/27/11

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 (.297) - 0-for-4

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) - 0-for-1

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 6.84) - 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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: Brett Lorin, RHP (7-6, 2.70) – 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.259) – 4-for-5, 3 2B, RBI

Home Runs: Quincy Latimore (14), Dan Gamache (1), Jonatha Schwind (4)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Gorkys Hernandez tripled in tonight's game.

Box Score

Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (4.66) – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.281) – 1-for-1, 3B, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.273) – 0-for-4, 3 K

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

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Lambo hit two doubles.

Box Score

Result: Binghamton 7, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil (2.12) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.265) – 2-for-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.30) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Starling Marte, CF (.332) – 2-for-6, BB, SB

Quincy Latimore, LF (.234) – 1-for-5, HR, RBI

Game Notes: The top six hitters in the lineup had multi-hit games, although Altoona lost in 12 innings.  Starling Marte stole his 22nd base, and extended his hitting streak to ten games.  Bryan Morris has given up two earned runs in 16.1 innings this month, with a 13:6 K/BB ratio.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Lorin gave up a run in 6.1 innings.

Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 1, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Brett Lorin, RHP (7-6, 2.70) – 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, LF (.311) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Evan Chambers, CF (.235) – 1-for-2, BB, SB

Game Notes: Santos stole his 26th base of the year, while Chambers stole his 19th of the year.  Robbie Grossman went 0-for-4, having a rare game where he didn’t reach base safely.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Von Rosenberg was hit hard tonight.

Box Score

Result: Lexington 11, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4-9, 6.02) – 4.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.259) – 4-for-5, 3 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andy Vasquez, 2B (.278) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.63) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: My live recap from the game.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 12, Williamsport 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5-2, 2.32) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.299) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, RHP (6.84) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Dan Gamache, 2B (.268) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Alex Fuselier, RF (.211) – 2-for-5, SB, RBI

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.294) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gamache broke the game open in the third with a grand slam, with State College leading 11-1 after three innings.  Kingham has allowed one or fewer earned runs in each of his last ten outings.  He’s also issued one or fewer walks in each of his last nine starts.  Robbie Kilcrease left the bases loaded after Stetson Allie walked three batters.  Wes Freeman is hitting for a .376/.426/.570 line in the month of August.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 14, Yankees 9

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (1-2, 5.79) – 5.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, C (.347) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, SS (.263) – 2-for-6, 3B, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates wrapped up their season with a win over the GCL Yankees.  Jonathan Schwind hit his fourth homer of the year.  Alen Hanson stole his 24th base, while Gregory Polanco walked three times and stole his 18th base of the year.  Cesar Lopez, who signed for $600 K out of Cuba prior to the year, finished his season with a 5.79 ERA in 22.1 innings, along with a 16:6 K/BB ratio.  Over half of his earned runs came in this start.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 70-66, 2nd Place, 13.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 60-73, 6th Place, 16.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 68-62 Overall, 38-22 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 62-68 Overall, 27-35 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 26-41, 6th Place, 15.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 34-26, Season Completed

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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