Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/30/11


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) - Next probable start 9/3

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.333) - 1-for-5

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.299) - 0-for-3, BB, RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) - 3-for-3, 2B

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

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Skirving, C (.265) – 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (5), Adalberto Santos (7), Matt Skirving (3)


Pedro Ciriaco hit a walk off single in the 12th inning.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Toledo 4

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Thompson, LHP (2.35) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Pedro Ciriaco, SS (.226) – 3-for-7, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.307) – 2-for-5

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.280) – 2-for-5, BB, 2 RBI

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.279) – 1-for-4, 2 BB, 1 K

Jordy Mercer, 2B (.245) – 1-for-6, HR, RBI

Daniel Moskos, LHP (3.63) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Evan Meek, RHP (1.50) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Justin Wilson, LHP (4.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jared Hughes, RHP (2.20) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Indianapolis won in the bottom of the 12th on a walk off single by Pedro Ciriaco.  They held a 4-3 lead until the eighth inning, when Evan Meek gave up the tying run in a rehab appearance.  Justin Wilson and Jared Hughes led the bullpen in extra innings, with Justin Thomas eventually getting the win.


McPherson threw five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 2

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tony Sanchez, C (.245) – 3-for-3, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.290) – 2-for-4, 3B, RBI

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.48) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: McPherson had his best start since the end of July.  He hasn’t been bad in August, but he also hasn’t put up dominant numbers either, so tonight was nice to see.  Last time he faced Bowie he gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings.  Tony Sanchez is 10-for-25 in his last eight games.  Starling Marte has a 12 game hitting streak, going 1-for-5 tonight.


Santos hit his 7th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 6, Palm Beach 3

Starting Pitcher: Donald Veal, LHP (3.14) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B-LF (.311) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.320) – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Ramon Cabrera, C (.337) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: With the win, the Bradenton Marauders clinched the Florida State League second half championship.  Donald Veal made his second appearance with Bradenton in his most recent rehab work, pitching four innings for the second straight game.  Adalberto Santos hit his seventh homer of the year.  Elevys Gonzalez now has 34 doubles on the year, tying Robbie Grossman for the team lead.


Box Score

Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Porfirio Lopez, LHP (3.24) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.215) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Drew Maggi, SS (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Orlando Castro, LHP (3.38) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Brooks Pounders, RHP (5-5, 3.80) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Diaz has a decent .269/.310/.433 line in the month of August, which is a big improvement over his numbers every other month.  Drew Maggi extended his hitting streak to nine games.  Brooks Pounders has a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings in his last ten outings, with a 20:5 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Batavia 6, State College 5

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (2-6, 3.21) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Skirving, C (.265) – 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Josh Poytress, LHP (4.41) – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Chris Lashmet, 3B (.233) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Game Notes: Skirving hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to bring State College to within one run, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.  Ryan Hafner had his second straight rough outing, after giving up 15 runs in 52.2 innings prior to his last two starts.  Josh Poytress has only given up an earned run in one of his last ten outings.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 73-66, 2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 62-73, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 70-63 Overall, 40-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 64-69 Overall, 29-36 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 27-43, 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 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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  • Anonymous

    Heard your report on the Power Pre Game show tonight. Very good stuff and a great job you do keeping us all informed about the Pirates Prospects. My question is this…..When will people inside and outside the organization take Brooks Pounders seriously? Even though he got the loss tonight, he has had a great year. Can’t believe they didn’t give this kid some starts. All you hear about is conditioning, but isn’t he on the same program everyone else is? Maybe he is just a big kid? Pretty athletic as well. Coach Gary Robinson said in a recent newspaper article here in So. CA. that he is a very hard worker…….Some numbers for you……Leads the organization in K/9 at 9.84….. BB/9 are at 1.97….K/BB Ratio 5 to 1…….Compare those numbers to anyone in the Pirates Organization and it is impressive. Any player that strikes out 10 and walks 2 seems like a pretty good prospect to me. Will he finally get some respect in the off season as a top 20 prospect?

    • Anonymous

      Pounders has been a forgotten man of sorts. After checking Pirates Prospects Guide I realized I was wrong thinking he was a college guy. He is doing vey well it seems. Since he was said to have control problems and has put up such sterling numbers you’d think that was in the past. Maybe they’re working on building him up to start.

      Maggi has been impressive with the bat since earlier in the season. Not a reply to you but no need to post just for a comment about Maggi.

  • Lee Young

    Hopefully, before next season we’ll get a pic of Santos that doesn’t make him look pigeon toed.
    :)  :)  :)

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