Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/8/11


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, 4.52) - Next Probable Start: 8/13

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.48) - 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF (.312) - DNP

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.236) - DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.59) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

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

7. Bryan Morris, RHP (2-4, 3.84) - DNP

8. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.69) - 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.07) - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

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


Top Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (7-7, 3.77) – 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, DH (.280) – 2-for-6, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Carlos Paulino (4), Ramon Cabrera (2), Alex Dickerson (2), Chris Lashmet (2), Yerfaine Gerald (4)


Wilson was throwing 95 and hit 97 out of the bullpen tonight.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Toledo 1

Starting Pitcher: Sean Gallagher, RHP (5.01) – 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, 2B-3B (.314) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

John Bowker, LF (.298) – 2-for-4

Jose Tabata, DH (.333) – 1-for-4, 2B

Justin Wilson, LHP (4.07) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Wilson was throwing 95 MPH out of the bullpen tonight, and he also hit 97.  Tabata made his third straight rehab appearance.  He was the designated hitter tonight, but was in the outfield the previous two nights.


Altoona was off today.


Baker has been putting up some good results this year outside of April.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, Jupiter 1

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (7-7, 3.77) – 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, 2B (.316) – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, DH (.360) – 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI

Cole White, 1B (.271) – 2-for-4

Diego Moreno, RHP (3.71) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Bradenton won their ninth game in a row.  Chase d’Arnaud made a rehab appearance, going 1-for-3 at the plate.  Ramon Cabrera put the Marauders up 3-0 with a two run homer in the fifth, his second of the year.  Baker started off the season with a 5.57 ERA in 21 innings in April, with a 13:7 K/BB ratio, but has since put up a 3.39 ERA in his last 98.1 innings, with a 69:37 K/BB ratio.  Elevys Gonzalez was named the Florida State League player of the week for batting .600 last week with two homers.  Robbie Grossman went 1-for-5, extending his on-base streak to 34 games.


Cain was hammered out of the bullpen tonight.

Box Score

Result: Lakewood 10, West Virginia 7

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (2.48) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elias Diaz, C (.204) – 2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.69) – 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Brooks Pounders, RHP (3.81) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Drew Maggi, SS (.256) – 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Colton Cain had a rough outing out of the bullpen, giving up seven runs on eight hits.  He’s made three appearances out of the bullpen lately, as his innings have gone over the century mark, doubling his totals from 2010.  Maggi is 8-for-14 over his last three games.


Box Score

Result: State College 14, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Ryan Hafner, RHP (2-3, 2.74) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, DH (.280) – 2-for-6, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Chris Lashmet, 3B (.239) – 2-for-6, HR, 2 RBI

Wes Freeman, LF (.273) – 2-for-5, 2B, BB, 3 RBI

Stetson Allie, RHP (7.59) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dickerson hit a grand slam in the ninth inning, capping off the State College blowout.  Lashmet helped to get things started with a solo home run in a three run second inning.  Ryan Hafner has allowed just two earned runs in 17 innings over his last four appearances, with a 10:6 K/BB ratio.  Wes Freeman has a .381/.458/.548 line in his last ten games, and an eight game hitting streak.  Since July 20th, he is hitting for a .362/.413/.652 line in 69 at-bats.  He has six walks and five strikeouts in his last eight games, which is very encouraging.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Tigers 2

Starting Pitcher: Jeffrey Inman, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gregory Polanco, CF (.252) – 4-for-5, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.48) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

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

Game Notes: Jeff Inman made his first appearance since May 15th.  Polanco has a .316/.350/.447 line in his last ten games.  Heredia got his first pro win.  He allowed five runs in three innings during his last outing, but bounced back with a nice appearance this time around.  Carvajal stole his 13th base, and his seventh in his last eight games.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Yankees 13, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Christopher De Leon, RHP (4-2, 2.52) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yerfaine Gerald, RF (.236) – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Raul Fortunato, CF (.342) – 1-for-4, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 33 games.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Rays 4

Starting Pitcher: Francisco Vilchez, RHP (1-0, 4.50) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Galvez, RF (.667) – 2-for-3, BB, SB, 3 R

Other Notable Performers

Edgar Munoz, LF (.500) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: The VSL Pirates took game one of the VSL championship series.  They got off to a 4-0 lead after a four run third inning.  Vilchez gave up three runs in the fifth, but the Pirates bounced back with a run in the bottom of the inning, along with another run in the sixth.  The bullpen combined for three shutout innings to close things out, after Vilchez gave up a run in the seventh.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 61-56, 2nd Place, 13.5 GB

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

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 58-56 Overall, 28-16 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 53-58 Overall, 19-25 2nd Half, 6th Place, 7.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 20-31, 6th Place, 10.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 24-19, 2nd Place, 4.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 37-20, 2nd Place, 1.0 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, 1st Place

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  • ScottT

    Really nice to see the “young” catchers hitting so well. There may be some nice depth forming at a position that most thought was not there. Good to see.

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