Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/5/11


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 (.316) - 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 1-for-4, RBI

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.97) - DNP

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-7, 5.05) - 2.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (1-4, 3.92) - DNP

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: Nick Kingham, RHP (2.80) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.307) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: John Bowker (14), Starling Marte (8), Elevys Gonzalez (4), Cole White (2), Edgar Munoz (1)


Bowker hit his 14th homer of the year tonight.

Box Score

Result: Toledo 8, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Rudy Owens, LHP (9-7, 5.05) – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.231) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.297) – 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Matt Hague, 1B (.319) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Josh Harrison, 3B (.310) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Bowker hit his 14th homer of the year.  Jordy Mercer is 8-for-14 in his last three games, with four doubles.  Matt Hague hit his 32nd double of the season, and now has 134 hits on the year.  Eric Fryer went 0-for-3 with a walk, but recorded a pickoff at first base.


Marte went 3-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 8, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Kyle McPherson, RHP (6-3, 2.84) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.316) – 3-for-5, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.279) – 2-for-5, 2B

Andrew Lambo, RF (.267) – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: McPherson has a 60:15 K/BB ratio in 63.1 innings in AA this season.  In his last two starts he’s struck out 16 in 13.2 innings.  Andrew Lambo is 15-for-39 in his last ten games.  Starling Marte extended his hitting streak to 13 games.  Since being pulled on July 27th for a lack of hustle, he has gone 14-for-34 with four doubles and a homer.


Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 12, Fort Myers 10

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP (4-3, 3.23) – 5.0 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.307) – 4-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, 2B (.313) – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI

Robbie Grossman, RF (.288) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K

Cole White, 1B (.230) – 2-for-4, HR

Diego Moreno, RHP (3.86) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton went down 6-0 after one and a half innings, then scored seven runs in the bottom of the second.  They allowed two runs in the fourth to tie the game at eight, but added two runs in the bottom of the inning and never relinquished the lead again.  Robbie Grossman extended his on-base streak to 31 games.  Adalberto Santos is hitting for a .352/.435/.552 line in 125 at-bats since the FSL All-Star break.


Dodson returned to West Virginia tonight with a nice outing.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (3-3, 3.10) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.254) – 2-for-5, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.90) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Zack Dodson made his first start in West Virginia since going down with an injury in early May.  So far this season, tonight included, he has a 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched, with a 31:11 K/BB ratio.  Brooks Pounders has now allowed five earned runs in 20.2 innings over his last ten outings, with a 24:5 K/BB ratio.  Rojas Jr. stole his 19th base of the year.


Box Score

Result: State College 6, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2.80) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Wes Freeman, LF (.272) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Cliff Archibald, RHP (3.98) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Taylor Lewis, CF (.177) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Kingham has just four earned runs allowed in 28 innings over his last six outings, with a 17:5 K/BB ratio.  He’s gone five innings with one or fewer runs in each of his last five starts.  Wes Freeman is now 17-for-39 in his last ten games.  He also has three walks in his last five games, which is an encouraging sign, albeit a small sample size.


Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 13, Pirates 5

Starting Pitcher: Bryce Weidman, RHP (0-1, 4.71) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, 3B (.368) – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Willy Garcia, CF (.276) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Weidman, Dovydas Neverauskas, Jackson Lodge, and Brayan Almonte combined to allow 12 earned runs between the fourth and seventh innings.  Willy Garcia has a .351/.444/.514 line in his last ten games.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were postponed.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Reds 5, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Campos, RHP (5.26) – 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgar Munoz, LF (.360) – 1-for-4, HR


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 59-55, T-2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 49-62, 6th Place, 12.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 55-56 Overall, 25-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 52-56 Overall, 18-23 2nd Half, T-5th Place, 6.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 18-30, 6th Place, 11.0 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 23-18, 2nd Place, 4.0 GB

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

RK: VSL Pirates – 39-32, 1st Place

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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

    Adelberto Santos having a quiet, but great year in Bradenton. Same goes for Pounders in WV. Good to see Dodson back in WV after breaking his hand. I listened to the Power Game on the internet tonight and sounded like both threw very well. Good luck to all the Pirates prospects, and wish them all a strong finish to the season.

  • Lee Young

    That pick of Marte, with the blurry feet, is one of my all time favorites.
    Go Wes Go!
    Owens is having a forgettable year. Gonna be interesting to see how he rebounds. There were ‘hints’ he wasn’t in shape going into spring training. Perhaps he got over confident?

    • Lee Young

      that ‘pic’ of Marte…..I know ‘pick’y…:)

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