Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/28/11


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, 4.16) - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) - Season Completed

4. Starling Marte, CF (.332) - DNP

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.297) - 1-for-3, 2 BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) - DNP

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 6.84) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-5, 3.40) - Next probable start 8/30

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


Top Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.16) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.282) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Pedro Alvarez (4), Chase Lyles (2)


Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a homer tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 8, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (5.09) – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.282) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.307) – 4-for-5, RBI

Pedro Ciriaco, SS (.213) – 2-for-6, 2B, SB, RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s Game Report.


Altoona’s game today was cancelled.


Waldron was hit hard tonight.

Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 11, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4-1, 2.25) – 4.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, LF (.312) – 2-for-5

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.297) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.318) – 2-for-4, BB

Jeff Inman, RHP (2.25) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Terry Mathews’ Game Report


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 9, Lexington 0

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.16) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.264) – 4-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chase Lyles, 1B (.240) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Justin Howard, DH (.261) – 4-for-5

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.249) – 2-for-5, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: My recap of Taillon’s start.


Box Score

Result: Williamsport 13, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (0-4, 6.46) – 2.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, DH (.304) – 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Alex Fuselier, RF-LF (.217) – 2-for-5

Josh Poytress, LHP (4.60) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Stevenson has given up 22 earned runs in 26.2 innings as a starter in State College this year.  That’s worse than last year when he had a 4.43 ERA in 40.2 innings in State College.  Wes Freeman was promoted to West Virginia after the game.  Josh Poytress has allowed a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings over his last ten appearances, with a 17:6 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Marlins 5, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Logan Pevny, RHP (4.15) – 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (1.000) – 3-for-3, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.500) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: The GCL Pirates lost a one game playoff to the GCL Marlins.  The Marlins scored a run in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.  Carvajal finished the year strong with a .307 average and a .371 OBP in August, along with 15 stolen bases on the year.  He continued that strong performance tonight by reaching base four times and getting a stolen base.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 71-66, 2nd Place, 13.0 GB

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

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 68-63 Overall, 38-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 63-68 Overall, 28-35 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 26-42, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 34-26, Season Completed

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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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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  • Anonymous

    Great job with the coverage of all the minors. It’s really nice to have one place to look up all the minors and see how everyone is doing. You have made this site a must read for all Pirate fans.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like ‘dro is going to get hot???????????

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