Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/4/11


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 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 (.312) - 1-for-4, SB

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - DNP

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, 3.92) - 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-7, 3.13) - DNP

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

10. Jeff Locke, LHP (6-8, 4.22) - Next Probable Start: 8/9


Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-1, 4.33) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.214) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Home Runs: David Rubinstein (5), Jose Roman (5)


Mercer went 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 3

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (2.45) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.214) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Leroux, RHP (5-2, 2.94) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Matt Hague, 1B (.316) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Josh Harrison, 3B (.304) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Ohlendorf made his second rehab start for Indianapolis, throwing 89 pitches, 55 for strikes.  Chris Leroux started his rehab work with a shutout inning.


Marte stole his 18th base of the season.

Box Score

Result: Binghamton 3, Altoona 0

Starting Pitcher: Michael Colla, RHP (3.81) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.312) – 1-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Tim Alderson, RHP (0-3, 3.79) – 0.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (3.92) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Prior to tonight, Colla hadn’t gone 5+ innings with less than four runs in a month.  In his last five appearances he’s combined to allow 16 runs in 20.2 innings.  Starling Marte stole his 18th base of the year.  Tim Alderson has allowed eight runs i 4.2 innings in his last three relief appearances.


Cumpton allowed one run in six innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Fort Myers 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-1, 4.33) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Paulino, DH (.322) – 4-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

David Rubinstein, LF (.257) – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Ramon Cabrera, C (.357) – 3-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Cumpton has gone six innings in each of his last two starts, allowing three total runs, with a 14:2 K/BB ratio.  Robbie Grossman went 0-for-4, but was hit by a pitch, extending his on-base streak to 30 games.  That’s seven shy of his season high of 37 earlier this year.


Fuesser allowed one run in seven innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Greensboro 1

Starting Pitcher: Zac Fuesser, LHP (3-4, 3.00) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr. (.253) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Kevin Decker, RHP (3.38) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Eric Avila, 3B (.217) – 2-for-4, 2B

Drew Maggi, SS (.245) – 1-for-5, 2 RBI, SB

Game Notes: Fuesser allowed ten runs in nine innings in his previous two starts before this outing tonight.  Drew Maggi stole his 27th base of the season.  Eric Avila has a .355/.412/.516 line in his last ten games.


Box Score

Result: State College 1, Vermont 0

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (5.70) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, RF (.264) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Jordan Cooper, RHP (1-3, 5.66) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Freeman now has a .410/.439/.718 line in his last ten games.  Mike Jefferson allowed seven earned runs in six innings in his last two outings.  Prior to that he had been on a nice run, with two earned runs allowed in 13 innings in his previous six outings.  Jordan Cooper has turned things around recently, with one earned run in 8.1 innings over his last three appearances.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Yankees 3

Starting Pitcher: Cesar Lopez, RHP (1.50) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, DH (.400) – 2-for-4, 4 R, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Kilcrease, LHP (1-2, 3.91) – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Lopez made his fourth pro appearance, and so far has pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts.  Dan Gamache played in his second pro game, and got his first career hit.  Alen Hanson didn’t get a hit, but did steal two bases.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were postponed.  Wednesday’s results were uploaded too late, but Raul Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 31 games, going 3-for-4 with a triple and his sixth homer of the year.  Fortunato also stole his 29th base of the year.

RK: VSL Pirates

Game One Box Score

Result: Mariners 8, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Alexander Gutierrez, LHP (5.34) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, DH (.304) – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Two Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Mariners 2

Starting Pitcher: Oderman Rocha, RHP (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Roman, DH (.322) – 1-for-4, HR


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 59-54, T-2nd Place, 11.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 48-62, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 54-56 Overall, 24-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 51-56 Overall, 17-23 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 17-30, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 23-17, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 35-19, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 39-31, 1st Place

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  • Anonymous

    Fuesser’s line looked good till I saw he had 1 K.

  • Lee Young

    Its good to see that Wes Freeman is finally turning it around. Time to read that PP article on him now. :)

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