Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/31/11

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, 4.16) - Next probable start 9/3

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

4. Starling Marte, CF (.333) - 1-for-4, 2B

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.299) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.245) - 1-for-4

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

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) - Next probable start 9/4

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (1-1, 1.93) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.250) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Jordy Mercer (6), Andrew Lambo (8), Alex Dickerson (3)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Jeff Locke pitched a gem today, with eight strikeouts.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (1-1, 1.93) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.250) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Daniel Moskos, LHP (3.54) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Matt Hague, 1B (.308) – 2-for-4, 2B

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.270) – 0-for-4, K

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s recap.  Jordy Mercer has now homered in three straight games.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Irwin pitched seven shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Bowie 0

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (8-4, 4.04) – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF (.272) – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (4.24) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Starling Marte, CF (.333) – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Andrew Lambo hit his eighth homer of the year, an opposite field shot.  Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to 13 games.  Phillip Irwin has allowed two runs in 14 innings over his last two starts.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Bradenton was postponed today.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off today.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 4, Batavia 3

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (4.33) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.296) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Jordan Cooper, RHP (4.84) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Taylor Lewis, CF (.188) – 1-for-4, 3B

Alex Fuselier, RF (.209) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB, RBI

Game Notes: My recap from the game.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 74-66, 2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 63-73, 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 – 28-43, 6th Place, 14.5 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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