Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/6/11


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: 8/7

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.315) - 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.237) - 1-for-4

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

6. Rudy Owens, LHP (9-7, 5.05) - Next Probable Start: 8/10

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: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (6.28) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.316) – 2-for-4, HR, BB, 2 SB

Home Runs: Matt Hague (10), Starling Marte (9), Adalberto Santos (5), Raul Fortunato (7), Maximo Rivera 2 (4)


Hague hit his 10th homer of the year.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Toledo 8

Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres, LHP (4.94) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.318) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Tim Wood, RHP (2.91) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Jeff Clement, DH (.444) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Hague hit a grand slam for his tenth homer of the year.  Brad Lincoln was the scheduled starter tonight, before getting called up to the majors.  Indianapolis used Burres, Chris Leroux, Jared Hughes, Daniel Moskos, and Tim Wood to complete the game tonight.  John Bowker had to leave the game after fouling a pitch off his shin.


Marte homered for the second straight night.

Box Score

Result: Trenton 5, Altoona 3

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (4.39) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.315) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Brock Holt, SS (.281) – 2-for-4

Tony Sanchez, C (.237) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Marte extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and homered for his second straight game.  He’s got a .322/.348/.506 line in 21 games since the Eastern League All-Star break.


Santos had a homer and two steals tonight.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 5, Jupiter 4

Starting Pitcher: Brett Sinkbeil, RHP (4.98) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.316) – 2-for-4, HR, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.287) – 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Grossman extended his on-base streak to 32 games.  Santos hit his 5th homer of the year, and stole his 22nd and 23rd bases.


Von Rosenberg has been getting back on track lately.

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 5, West Virginia 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (6.28) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Avila, 3B (.224) – 2-for-4, SB

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (2-1, 5.14) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Drew Maggi, SS (.247) – 2-for-4, BB

Game Notes: West Virginia carried a 4-1 lead in to the 8th inning, when Victor Black allowed four runs, giving Lakewood the late lead.  One of those runs came in off of Jason Townsend.  Von Rosenberg hs allowed four earned runs in 22 innings over his last four starts, with a 19:1 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Jamestown 3, State College 1

Starting Pitcher: Trent Stevenson, RHP (0-1, 5.25) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, RF (.385) – 2-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.274) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Orlando Castro, LHP (5.40) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Freeman is 17-for-38 in his last ten games, and has now walked five times in his last six games, after putting up just two walks in his first 94 at-bats of the season.


Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 10, Pirates 7

Starting Pitcher: Diomedes Mateo, LHP (4.78) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B (.357) – 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jodaneli Carvajal, 2B (.252) – 1-for-4, 2 BB, 3 SB

Luis Urena, RF-CF (.263) – 1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 SB

Willy Garcia, CF (.280) – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Mateo has made two straight starts, combining for nine shutout innings, with four hits, two walks, and 11 strikeouts.  Willy Garcia is hitting for a .361/.455/.556 line in his last ten games, but left today’s game after being hit by a pitch.  Carvajal has stolen six bases in his last seven games.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 3, Dodgers 2

Starting Pitcher: Clario Perez, RHP (2.38) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Maximo Rivera, 3B (.240) – 2-for-6, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.346) – 1-for-6, HR

Game Notes: Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 32 games with a leadoff homer in the first.  Rivera homered in the eighth to tie the score at 2-2, then hit his second homer in the 13th inning to give the Pirates the go ahead run.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Phillies 0

Starting Pitcher: Oscar Calderin, LHP (2-2, 4.19) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edgar Munoz, LF (.360) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: The VSL Pirates wrapped up their regular season.  They will play in the VSL Playoffs starting on Monday.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 60-55, T-2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 49-63, 6th Place, 12.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 56-56 Overall, 26-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 52-57 Overall, 18-24 2nd Half, 6th Place, 6.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 18-31, 6th Place, 11.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 23-19, 2nd Place, 5.0 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 36-19, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, 1st Place

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