Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 9/1/11


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 8/16/11.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.16) - Next probable start 9/3

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) - Season Completed

4. Starling Marte, CF (.335) - 3-for-5, 2B, 2 K

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.299) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.244) - 0-for-3, 2 K

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 6.58) - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (8-5, 3.20) - Next probable start 9/4

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.64) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6-4, 2.56) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 K

Home Runs: None


Indianapolis was off today.


Marte extended his hitting streak to 14 with three hits tonight.

Box Score

Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Mike Colla, RHP (5-11, 3.70) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-5, 2B, 2 K

Other Notable Performers

Duke Welker, RHP (5.63) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Marte extended his hitting streak to 14 games tonight.  He had a .393/.437/.650 line in the month of August, with five homers in 117 at-bats.  Altoona had five errors tonight.  Mike Loree made his third relief appearance for Altoona, striking out three in two shutout innings.


Bradenton was suspended in the second inning.


Dodson threw five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Delmarva 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (6-4, 2.56) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.266) – 2-for-4, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Wes Freeman, LF (.250) – 1-for-4, K

Jason Townsend, RHP (2.42) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Dodson had his best start since returning from a hand injury this year, and possibly the best start of his season in West Virginia.  Justin Howard had a .321/.451/.432 line in the month of August, and continued his strong run with two hits tonight.  Wes Freeman made his 2011 debut with West Virginia, going 1-for-4 with a strikeout.


Kingham finished off his season with five shutout innings.

Box Score

Result: State College 7, Batavia 5

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (6-2, 2.15) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Walker Gourley, 3B (.180) – 2-for-4, 2 SB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Stetson Allie, RHP (6.58) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Alex Fuselier, RF (.217) – 2-for-3, BB, RBI

Rodarrick Jones, LF (.239) – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: My recap from the game, with features on Kingham and Allie.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 74-66, 2nd Place, 12.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 63-74, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 70-63 Overall, 40-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 65-69 Overall, 30-36 2nd Half, 6th Place, 8.5 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 29-43, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 34-26, Season Completed

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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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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  • Anonymous

    Kingham and Dodson both deserve consideration for top 10 prospects. They certainly have more potential than Stetson Allie, Kingham is younger.

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