Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/9/11

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) - Next Probable Start: 8/13

2. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-1, 5.48) - Next Probable Start: 8/13

3. Starling Marte, CF (.312) - DNP

4. Tony Sanchez, C (.236) - DNP

5. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 7.59) - DNP

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) - DNP

9. Justin Wilson, LHP (9-7, 4.07) - DNP

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

DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (2-1, 4.71) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.285) – 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Home Runs: Chase d’Arnaud (1), Jose Osuna (4), Jesus Vasquez (10)

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Ohlendorf made his final rehab start.

Box Score

Result: Toledo 4, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Ross Ohlendorf, RHP (1-1, 3.63) – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, CF (.285) – 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Tabata, RF (.308) – 1-for-4, 2B

Jordy Mercer, 2B (.227) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Josh Harrison, 3B (.313) – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Ohlendorf made his final rehab appearance in Indianapolis, throwing 102 pitches, and 60 for strikes.  Jose Tabata made his fourth rehab appearance, starting in right field and getting a hit in his fourth straight game.  Gorkys Hernandez stole his 18th base of the season.

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Altoona was postponed.

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

D'Arnaud homered in his third rehab appearance.

Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, RHP (2-2, 4.47) – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, DH (.222) – 1-for-3, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, 2B (.319) – 2-for-4, RBI, SB

Game Notes: This was the first of Cumpton’s nine outings in high-A that he failed to go at least five innings.  Chase d’Arnaud homered in his third rehab game in high-A.  Alex Presley also made a rehab appearance, going 1-for-3.  Robbie Grossman extended his on-base streak to 35 games, two shy of his season best.  Santos stole his 24th base of the year.  He is now hitting for a .361/.435/.578 line in 147 at-bats since the FSL All-Star break.

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

West Virginia was off today.

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: State College 5, Aberdeen 2

Starting Pitcher: Mike Jefferson, LHP (2-1, 4.71) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Junior Sosa, RF (.296) – 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.280) – 2-for-4

Jordan Cooper, RHP (4.94) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Cooper has allowed just one earned run in 11.1 innings over his last four outings.  Mike Jefferson has combined for nine shutout innings in his last two starts.  Wes Freeman has a nine game hitting streak.

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Tigers 6

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP (1.69) – 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.313) – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, 2B (.272) – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI

Gregory Polanco, RF (.260) – 2-for-4

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP (2-0, 1.65) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Creasy, the 2011 8th round pick, made his third appearance, allowing his first earned run of the year.  Neverauskas bounced back from a poor outing last time around, and now has a 1.65 ERA in 16.1 innings, with a 9:9 K/BB ratio in seven appearances.  Osuna hit his first home run since hitting two on July 5th.  Rodarrick Jones made his pro debut, going 1-for-4 with a walk.

RK: DSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Rays 6, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (3.52) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jesus Vasquez, LF (.368) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Raul Fortunato extended his hitting streak to 34 games, and stole his 31st base of the year.

RK: VSL Pirates

Box Score

Result: Rays 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Andy Otamendi, LHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.600) – 3-for-4, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jose Roman, DH (.333) – 1-for-2, 2 BB, SB

Game Notes: The VSL Pirates lost game two of the VSL championship series.  The final game will take place tomorrow to crown the 2011 VSL Champions.

ORGANIZATIONAL STANDINGS

AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 61-57, 2nd Place, 13.5 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 50-63, 6th Place, 13.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 58-57 Overall, 28-17 2nd Half, 1st Place

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

A-: State College Spikes – 21-31, 6th Place, 9.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 25-19, 2nd Place, 3.5 GB

RK: DSL Pirates – 37-21, 2nd Place, 2.5 GB

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, 1st Place

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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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