Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/3/11

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 6/9/11.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-2, 4.39) - Next Probable Start: 8/6

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (0-1, 6.38) - Next Probable Start: 8/8

3. Starling Marte, CF (.313) - 1-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 1-for-4

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.97) - Next Probable Start: TBA

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-6, 4.76) - Next Probable Start: 8/5

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.99) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-7, 3.13) - 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.14) - Next Probable Start: 8/7

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.22) - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4.22) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, LF-2B (.313) – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Home Runs: Adalberto Santos (4), Carlos Paulino (3), Eric Avila (4), Dilson Herrera (2)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Indianapolis was off today.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Locke allowed a run in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Binghamton 3

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (4.22) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore, LF (.224) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.262) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Locke has allowed seven runs in 25 innings over his last four starts, with a 16:6 K/BB ratio.  Quincy Latimore came through in the bottom of the eighth inning with a bases loaded, bases clearing double to put Altoona up 4-2.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Santos went 2-for-4 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Fort Myers 4

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (3.91) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, LF-2B (.313) – 2-for-4, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tyler Waldron, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Carlos Paulino, DH (.307) – 2-for-4, HR

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.300) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Waldron made his high-A debut, pitching two innings after Baker left the game.  Robbie Grossma went 1-for-4, extending his on-base streak to 29 games.  Adalberto Santos hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4.  Bradenton took the lead in the ninth with an RBI single by Elevys Gonzalez.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER 

Cain pitched four shutout innings out of the bullpen.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 1, Greensboro 0

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (1.88) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.213) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Colton Cain, LHP (6-7, 3.13) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Avila hit his fourth homer of the year in the bottom of the 8th inning, for the only run of the game.    Navarro has made eight appearances this year in West Virginia since being demoted from Bradenton, with a 1.88 ERA in 24 innings.  Cain made his second appearance pitching out of the bullpen, after allowing two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings last time around.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Lewis went 3-for-4 with a triple.

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Vermont 3

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (1-3, 3.19) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, CF (.179) – 3-for-4, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.255) – 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Vincent Payne, RHP (5.26) – 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Hafner has allowed four earned runs in 16 innings over his last four outings.  Wes Freeman continues his hot streak, going 14-for-39 in his last ten games after his performance tonight.  Taylor Lewis hit his 6th triple of the year tonight.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Yankees 8, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.230) – 1-for-3, BB, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Yhonatan Herrand, RHP (0-1, 9.84) – 1.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Jared Lakind, 1B (.143) – 1-for-3, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Creasy, who was drafted in the eighth round this year, made his second pro appearance.  2011 6th round pick Dan Gamache made his pro debut, going 0-for-2 with a walk.  Herrand made his third appearance, and gave up his first earned runs of the year.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates game wasn’t uploaded last night.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 16, Tigers 4

Starting Pitcher: Roberto Espinoza, RHP (4.37) – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 3B (.313) – 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ulises Montilla, 2B (.370) – 3-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Herrera hit his second homer of the year.  He’s hitting for a .400/.538/.667 line in his last ten games.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 58-54, T-2nd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 48-61, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 53-56 Overall, 23-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 50-56 Overall, 16-23 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 16-30, 6th Place, 10.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 22-17, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 34-19, 2nd Place, 1.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 38-30, 1st Place

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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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