Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/7/11

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, 4.52) - 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

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

3. Starling Marte, CF (.312) - 0-for-4

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.236) - 0-for-2, 2 BB

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 (2-4, 3.84) - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 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: 8/8

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (4.31) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.314) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Greg Picart (1), Robbie Grossman (9), Elevys Gonzalez (5), Cole White (3), Kirk Singer (1)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Harrison went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base.

Box Score

Result: Toledo 11, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Garrett Olson, LHP (4-1, 3.00) – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 3B (.311) – 2-for-5, 2B, SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, 1B (.319) – 2-for-5

Jeff Clement, DH (.462) – 2-for-4, BB

Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.284) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Clement is 6-for-13 in his first four games back with Indianapolis.  Olson had his worst start of the year, giving up six runs in 4.1 innings, after allowing 15 runs in 61.2 innings in his previous 13 starts.  Josh Harrison stole his 13th base of the year.  Jose Tabata went 1-for-4 in a rehab appearance.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Morris had another strong relief appearance.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 3, Trenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Phillip Irwin, RHP (4.31) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Greg Picart, 3B (.240) – 1-for-2, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.84) – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Josh Rodriguez, 2B (.278) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Game Notes: Starling Marte went 0-for-4, snapping his 14 game hitting streak.  Since allowing eight earned runs in 4.1 innings on July 17th, Irwin has allowed eight earned runs in 23.1 innings over his last four starts.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Waldron allowed a run in 5.1 innings.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 10, Jupiter 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (2-0, 1.23) – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.314) – 4-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, RF (.289) – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Cole White, 1B (.259) – 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with a homer for the second time in his last three games.  Grossman extended his on-base streak to 33 games, which is four shy of his season high.  Since the FSL All-Star break he’s hitting for a .311/.465/.512 line in 164 at-bats.  He hasn’t drawn a walk since July 31st.  Cole White has three homers in his last eight games.  Tyler Waldron made his first start in high-A, and has now allowed one earned run in 7.1 innings at the level.  Chase d’Arnaud started his rehab work, going 0-for-3.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Taillon allowed three runs in four innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Starting Pitcher: Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.52) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, SS (.254) – 4-for-5, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers

Mel Rojas Jr., CF (.255) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2 SB

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.68) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Taillon has allowed 21 earned runs in 22.1 innings over his last six outings.  In that same span he has a 26:8 K/BB ratio.  Drew Maggi has a .333/.417/.452 line in his last ten games, with five doubles.  Mel Rojas Jr. now has 21 stolen bases on the year.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 7, Jamestown 6

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (5.44) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, 1B (.276) – 2-for-6

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 2B (.227) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Josh Poytress, LHP (4-2, 4.84) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: The Spikes won in 12 innings.  Dickerson had been on a cold streak lately, going 4-for-28 in his previous nine games before his 2-for-6 performance tonight.  Matt Benedict bounced back from allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings in his last start.

RK: GCL PIRATES

The GCL Pirates were off today.

RK: DSL Pirates

The DSL Pirates were off today.

RK: VSL Pirates

The VSL regular season is over.  The Pirates start the VSL playoffs tomorrow.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 60-56, T-2nd Place, 13.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 50-63, 6th Place, 13.0 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 57-56 Overall, 27-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 53-57 Overall, 19-24 2nd Half, T-5th Place, 6.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 19-31, 6th Place, 11.0 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

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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